Firefighters rescue cat trapped near Mayhew Animal Home in Kensal Green

Alisa Ford, animal welfare officer at Mayhew Animal Home with Smokey the cat who was rescued by Will

Alisa Ford, animal welfare officer at Mayhew Animal Home with Smokey the cat who was rescued by Willesden Fire Brigade - Credit: Archant

It was a purrfect ending for a trapped feline after officers from the Mayhew Animal Home heard its distressing sounds from high above them and called the fire brigade.

Willesden Fire Brigade needed two ladders to rescue trapped Smokey the Cat following a call from May

Willesden Fire Brigade needed two ladders to rescue trapped Smokey the Cat following a call from Mayhew Animal's Home - Credit: Archant

Smokey, a 15-month old grey cat had managed to get trapped in a gap between a building and a high narrow wall near the charity in Trenmar Gardens, Kensal Rise.

Alisa Ford, Mayhew’s animal welfare officer said: “At The Mayhew we are always on hand to help our neighbours. We know Smokey well and she’s such a friendly, outgoing cat.

“I don’t know how she managed to get trapped, but she’s very inquisitive and likes to explore.

“We could hear Smokey, but we just couldn’t reach her. The wall was so high that you needed two ladders to get to her, the only thing we could do was call for reinforcements.”

Willesden Fire Brigade needed two ladders to rescue trapped Smokey the Cat following a call from May

Willesden Fire Brigade needed two ladders to rescue trapped Smokey the Cat following a call from Mayhew Animal's Home - Credit: Archant


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Staff called Willesden Fire Brigade and after setting up their equipment, Smokey was carefully rescued and although a little shaken up was well enough to be reunited with her owner.

Andrea Halliburton, Smokey’s owner, said; “The first time I heard about Smokey being trapped was when one of my neighbours knocked on my door and told me. I couldn’t believe it. I don’t know how she got stuck, but I’m so thankful that she’s ok.

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“I’m so grateful that The Mayhew and Willesden Fire Brigade were able to help rescue her. The Mayhew are Smokey’s guardian angels.”

The Mayhew actively looks out for the local community in any shape or form. They always respond to animal welfare issues, helping pet owners take care of their pets and delivering a range of initiatives.

Alisa Ford and Andrea Halliburton with Smokey the cat who was rescued by Willesden Fire Brigade

Alisa Ford and Andrea Halliburton with Smokey the cat who was rescued by Willesden Fire Brigade - Credit: Archant

Find out about their work at themayhew.org and make a donation to help them help even more cats like Smokey.

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