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Treetop Cat Rescue
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Treetop Cat Rescue is a reality show about, you guessed it, cats getting rescued from trees. Aside from the occasional angry cat and stressful rescue, there isn't much to worry about here, but folks should be reminded that these are professionals and they should never try what they see here at home. The show promotes cat adoption and proper care, as well as advertising for the larger Seattle Area's Canopy Cat Rescue. It'll appeal to feline-loving viewers of all ages.
What's the story?
TREETOP CAT RESCUE features arborists Shaun Sears and Tom Otto as they climb tall trees to help stranded kitties. The brothers-in-law run nonprofit Canopy Cat Rescue and are committed to spending their off-hours rigging ropes and scaling trees ranging from 40 to 165 feet tall to perform daring cat recoveries. Once they succeed, they work with animal-location services to find their grateful owners or with local shelters who try to find them good homes.
Is it any good?
Although it can be a little scary for younger kids to see animals in peril, it's fun and surprisingly satisfying to watch cats get rescued. The self-proclaimed crazy cat lovers use their tree smarts, climbing techniques, and meowing skills to help cats who've somehow managed to get stuck in tree branches. The cats have lots of personality, from a friendly house kitty who's happy for the help to an angry feral feline who would rather jump than be touched. Though some of the rescues get a little tense, the rescuers are careful to take every safety precaution necessary to protect themselves and the animals.
The two rescuers only accept donations for their efforts but use the opportunity to promote microchipping cats to facilitate the rescue-and-return process. But outside of this, most of what you see here are the efforts being made by people who love cats and are truly concerned for their well-being.