Information site for help in rescuing a cat stuck in a tree in Mississippi

278 Kitty Rescues + 1 Coon Dog + 1 drone since June 2013. Last Rescue: January 2021.

This is a website for anybody needing help for a cat that is stuck in a tree within a three-hour travel radius from Starkville, MS. I am a recreational tree climber with appropriate gear and am willing to do whatever I can to help. In lieu of a fee, I accept donations for the Oktibbeha County Humane Society ( but this is optional, saving a kitty should not be a financial burden. There is no guarantee that I will be successful in a rescue attempt, but I will do what I can.

Contact Me

Bob Reese 662.418.0479 (cell phone, feel free to call or text)

Boring Stuff

I will ask you to sign this release form before a rescue (I will have copies with me): RELEASE FORM

Liability waiver that I will sign and give to you releasing you from any liability to me for injuries incurred during a rescue: WAIVER

Why Rescue Cats from Trees?

Sometimes I get asked this question, and the YouTube video to the right, made by Patrick Brandt (fellow cat rescuer and friend), answers this question in the best possible manner.

When should a cat be rescued?

You should give a cat at least 24 hours to come down on its own unless it is injured or is wedged into limbs and unable to move. This waiting period is generally harder on you than it is the kitty! After 24 hours, it becomes less likely that the cat will be able to make it down without assistance. People that dismiss cat rescues with a "Have you ever seen a cat skeleton in a tree?" are simply ignorant -- the reason that you do not see cat skeletons in trees is because the cat will eventually weaken and fall out of the tree, and then either crawl off and die or survive with likely permanent health damage. The picture of the kitty hanging from the limb is 'Cake' who was rescued by Randall Kolb/ Baton Rouge LA ( Does 'Cake' look like he can get down by himself? He is using all of his energy just to keep from falling!

A cat can easily survive 3 to 4 days in a tree with no long term health effects, and some have been rescued after 7-10 days. So, after 24 hours, please seek help from some source to rescue your cat -- the kitty is depending on you!

If you are looking for help from some other source, then please contact a local professional tree service.

Links to Cat/Animal Rescue Services

Jackson Area

  • Andrew Butler, Tree Care Pros of MS, 601 954 8677 - has done cat rescue

  • Jonathan Sanch/ Sanch Enterprises LLC/tree service, lawn care, landscaping. (1 hour driving radius around Jackson) 601-502-3505 - cell phone, call or text. Has done cat rescue, very responsive.

  • Big John's Tree Service , which has a 50-mile service area about Jackson, has done cat rescue.

  • Arbor Tree Service (Jackson and surrounding areas) does cat rescue.

  • Advance Tree Care (Jackson and Surrounding areas), on Facebook ( 601-706-4067. Has done cat rescue.

  • Stephen Perkins/ (Tree Tech). 662 832 8733 (cell phone call or text), Email: -- does cat rescue.

Horn Lake, South Memphis

  • Aaron Andrews 901 275 7519, tree worker, 4+ years climbing experience, excellent climber, has rescued many kitties, very responsive.


  • William Reed 601 748 9205, owner of Reed Tree Service LLC, excellent climber who does kitty rescue, very responsive.

Oxford Area


  • Joshua Long (615 987 4291)

  • Wilborn Tree Services (601 549 0327)


The photo below shows my sister (Devonne Reese LaSavia) and myself in a photo with Dak Prescott (MSU QB great/Dallas Cowboy QB) at the Clarion Ledger 2017 sports awards in Jackson. I was one of five winners of the "Give Back Like Dak" contest where you submitted a 1 minute video on your community service, in my case, cat stuck tree rescue. Dak gave an awesome talk, was a fun night. Many great high school athletes were recognized at the awards, and they all got their photo with Dak. The video that I submitted is below the photo.