The Bellingham Bulletin August 2011 : Page 13

The Bellingham Bulletin www.BellinghamBulletin.com Become a fan on Facebook ® ! AUGUST 2011 13 Hilary Cohen: Tree Climber & Cat Rescuer Extraodinaire $100 Winner Announced On July 15, the winning name was drawn in the first annual One Bellingham directory $100 giveaway, and the winner is Rosemarie Thompson of Bellingham. To win the money, the questions on the entry form had to be correctly answered. Ms. Thompson answered correctly such queries as the location in the book of the ad for Ostrander Insurance, the correct web-site of Dr. Roof, the headline in Charles River Bank’s ad, etc. “I’ve only lived in Bellingham for a year, so I’m finding the Directory to be re-ally helpful. I refer to it often. And winning the money—it’s almost like a “welcome to Bellingham gift,” said Thompson. Rosemarie Thompson accepts her prize from Pamela Johnson, publisher of One Bellingham Community Resource Directory Hilary Cohen rescues a cat from about 40-feet up in an oak tree There have been many casualties as a result of bare bones town budgets, but one I never considered was the loss of fire depart-ments’ cat rescue services. Have you ever wondered how long a cat can last up in a tree? I had no idea, but after a cat of mine spent three days in my neigh-bor’s oak tree, I started calling around to see what I could do to help. I started with Bell-ingham Animal Control, who said that the cat would eventually come down, but also suggested I try Animal Control in Norfolk. So I took the number and spoke to Hilary Cohen, Animal Control, Special Police Of-ficer, and Police Matron. “I have so many titles I’ve run out of hats!” Cohen laughed. “How high up is your cat?” she asked. “Higher than a telephone pole?” Hard to say. My husband judged the distance to be about forty feet. “I’ll be there as soon as I can,” Cohen assured me. I headed over with some neighbors to witness the rescue operation. Surprisingly Cohen arrived with no ladder. “I don’t use ladders: I climb,” she explained. But first she assessed the tree, asked about the cat, then returned from her car with the biggest slingshot quite possibly ever seen. “Getting the rope into the tree is the hardest part,” she explained. On her second try the rope landed exactly where she wanted it. Cohen took up tree-climbing in 2007 after the protocol for cat rescue changed at the Norfolk Fire Department. The town could no longer justify the cost. “The Fire Department will still go if we’ve exhausted all other resources,” Cohen said. “I’ve had cats in trees for up to nine days, but they can end up with liver damage and other prob-lems. Why make them suffer if I can help? I love helping people with their animals. I like to educate people and help animals get help. And sometimes animals simply need an upgrade from their people.” Cohen went to Tree Climbers Interna-tional in Atlanta to take their basic three-day climbing course, where she learned how to climb safely and how to tie all the climbing knots required. “I’ve probably climbed be-tween seventy and one hundred trees since I got my training in 2007,” she noted. Her ropes safely set up, Cohen began her ascent. “Some cats don’t want to come down, and they go farther out on a limb. Some climb even higher.” When she had gotten to the branch just below where the cat paced, anxious to be rescued, she exclaimed, “You weren’t kidding. He really is forty feet up here!” Rappelling down the rope took Cohen but a minute or two. After three days in a tree, the cat seemed hungry and thirsty but otherwise unfazed by his adventure. 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Hilary Cohen: Tree Climber & Cat Rescuer Extraodinaire

Marjorie Turner Hollman

There have been many casualties as a result of bare bones town budgets, but one I never considered was the loss of fire departments’ cat rescue services.<br /> <br /> Have you ever wondered how long a cat can last up in a tree? I had no idea, but after a cat of mine spent three days in my neighbor’s oak tree, I started calling around to see what I could do to help. I started with Bellingham Animal Control, who said that the cat would eventually come down, but also suggested I try Animal Control in Norfolk. So I took the number and spoke to Hilary Cohen, Animal Control, Special Police Officer, and Police Matron. “I have so many titles I’ve run out of hats!” Cohen laughed.<br /> <br /> “How high up is your cat?” she asked. “Higher than a telephone pole?” Hard to say. My husband judged the distance to be about forty feet. “I’ll be there as soon as I can,” Cohen assured me. I headed over with some neighbors to witness the rescue operation.<br /> <br /> Surprisingly Cohen arrived with no ladder. “I don’t use ladders: I climb,” she explained. But first she assessed the tree, asked about the cat, then returned from her car with the biggest slingshot quite possibly ever seen. “Getting the rope into the tree is the hardest part,” she explained. On her second try the rope landed exactly where she wanted it.<br /> <br /> Cohen took up tree-climbing in 2007 after the protocol for cat rescue changed at the Norfolk Fire Department. The town could no longer justify the cost. “The Fire Department will still go if we’ve exhausted all other resources,” Cohen said. “I’ve had cats in trees for up to nine days, but they can end up with liver damage and other problems. Why make them suffer if I can help? I love helping people with their animals. I like to educate people and help animals get help. And sometimes animals simply need an upgrade from their people.”<br /> <br /> Cohen went to Tree Climbers International in Atlanta to take their basic three-day climbing course, where she learned how to climb safely and how to tie all the climbing knots required. “I’ve probably climbed between seventy and one hundred trees since I got my training in 2007,” she noted.<br /> <br /> Her ropes safely set up, Cohen began her ascent. “Some cats don’t want to come down, and they go farther out on a limb. Some climb even higher.” When she had gotten to the branch just below where the cat paced, anxious to be rescued, she exclaimed, “You weren’t kidding. He really is forty feet up here!”<br /> <br /> Rappelling down the rope took Cohen but a minute or two. After three days in a tree, the cat seemed hungry and thirsty but otherwise unfazed by his adventure.<br /> <br /> To contact Hilary Cohen, call Norfolk, MA Police Department: 508-528-3206 or go online to http://www.outonalimb.us.

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$100 Winner Announced

On July 15, the winning name was drawn in the first annual One Bellingham directory $100 giveaway, and the winner is Rosemarie Thompson of Bellingham. To win the money, the questions on the entry form had to be correctly answered. Ms. Thompson answered correctly such queries as the location in the book of the ad for Ostrander Insurance, the correct website of Dr. Roof, the headline in Charles River Bank’s ad, etc.<br /> <br /> “I’ve only lived in Bellingham for a year, so I’m finding the Directory to be really helpful. I refer to it often. And winning the money—it’s almost like a “welcome to Bellingham gift,” said Thompson.

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