Good News Roundup - Friday 12th March

12 MARCH 2021

As we look to brighter times ahead, it’s the time of the week where we share our round-up of positive things happening at Battersea, as well as heartwarming dog and cat stories from the UK and beyond. We know that animals can be a great source of comfort so we hope it adds a bit of cheer to your day.

Independent cat saves itself (with a little help)

The independent cat

Credit: London Fire Brigade

A cat that had spent two days stuck up a tree made its own triumphant return to solid ground this week using the 30ft ladder set up by attending firefighters.

The cat had found itself stranded up a 25ft tree when firefighters from Norbury Fire Station were called to assist by the RSPCA, who were already at the scene.

After pitching the ladder, firefighting crew would normally use it themselves to go up and assist an animal that’s stuck, but this intrepid feline had other ideas and decided to use the equipment to make its own way down.

Firefighters on the scene commented that this was a career first and that they’d never seen a cat save itself in this way.

Video of the defiant rescue shows the cat happily planting four paws on the ground before making a swift exit from the scene.

Watch the video on the Independent website

Feline showstopper graces council Zoom meeting

The cat taking centre stage on the council Zoom call

Credit: /CoventryLive

Another week, another unexpected star of a virtual Zoom meeting, and this time it’s the turn of a fame-hungry feline belonging to the leader of Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council.

Councillor Julie Jackson's cat appeared during the live stream of the council’s most recent cabinet meeting, waiting right until the last point for debate to grace the screen, wandering in front of the camera before settling down for a cuddle.

In the video, Cllr Jackson can be heard apologising for her cat being “a law unto itself” while Councillor Keith Kondakor remarks that the appearance cheers up a lengthy meeting.

Watch the video on the Coventry Telegraph website

Deaf and blind rescue dog's emotional reunion with Grandpa

Bitsy the dog with the caption 'My Dad was very worried that our deafblind dog Bitsy wouldn't recognise him' Bitsy and Hayden with the caption 'but I think she did'

Credit: TikTok - @haydenkristal

The COVID-19 pandemic has kept lots of us apart from the people we love, and after a year of not being able to spend time together, Hayden Kristal’s dad Steve was concerned that his daughter’s 5-year-old deaf and blind dog Bitsy wouldn no longer be able to recognise him when they could finally be reunited.

As it turns out, he couldn’t have been more wrong. Hayden posted the video of their emotional reunion on her TikTok account, with the caption “im not crying ur crying” (sic) and it’s fair to say that emotions were running high. Steve wrote on Facebook that he was worried she wouldn’t remember him, but as soon as he was within scent range she “lost her mind with joy” and, so did he.

Despite his initial concerns about her different conditions, when his daughter took Bitsy home at 5 weeks old, Steve says that time and again Bitsy has “proved that the abilities she has are far more impressive than the ones she's missing” and that she is “a truly amazing and wonderful soul.”

You can watch the joyous video on Hayden’s TikTok account

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