Frankie, Iowa City’s Rescued “Tree Kittie”, is Ready for Her Forever Home

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The traumatized cat stuck up a tree in Iowa City, Iowa for several days this January is now up for adoption at the shelter that cared for her after she was rescued by Good Samaritans.

Frankie became well known throughout Iowa City this January, when she was stuck way up  a tree for several days. Her cries could be heard all day and through the night, as residents and business owners tried to get her help or lure her down. When no one would come, and she had been treed for days, locals got together and made the rescue themselves. Good Samaritans Jeff Waite and Michael Matthess rented a cherry picker and got Frankie out of the tree.  They rented the cherry picker from Aero Rental, which provided it free of charge.

Frankie, or The Tree Kittie’s, ordeal got a lot of news coverage, and could be followed nationally. After the rescue, Frankie was given into the care of the Iowa City Animal Shelter. She had barely survived; she was traumatized and malnourished, she suffered from an upper respiratory infection, and she had wounds to her rear and tail. Part of the tail had to be amputated.

Frankie was so traumatized that she responded poorly to human contact and might have been classified as feral. Patience and loving care have helped Frankie to trust and relate to people now, though. She has been rehabilitated during a stay in foster care. She is described as shy and still recovering, but adoptable to a good and quiet home.

Anyone close enough to adopt Frankie or transport her can contact the shelter at  (319) 356-5295. Or visit the shelter at 4852 Sand Rd SE, in Iowa City.

Here is Frankie, along with animal care technician Liz Ford.

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