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It was a heartwarming event on a cold, windy day.

At 11 a.m. Tuesday, Rainee Penfield heard a loud meow coming from outside her house in Lincoln's Air Park neighborhood. After going out to investigate, she noticed a shivering, gray-and-white cat stuck 30 feet up in a tree in her neighbor's yard.

She and her neighbors tried to coax the cat down with food and toys, but Penfield said it would have been impossible for the cat to get down because of the lack of sturdy branches near it.

Penfield said she called eight different tree services, Animal Control, the Capital Humane Society and Lincoln Fire and Rescue, hoping someone would come help the cat down.

"They all told me it would probably come down by itself, but I knew that it was just stuck," she said. "It was really distressing."

Penfield posted a plea in several Facebook groups, as well as on her personal page. Shane Rosengren, a church friend who owns a window-cleaning service, responded that he might be able to help.

By 5 p.m., when Penfield called him, it was still too windy to climb a ladder that high and get the cat down. Rosengren promised Penfield that if the cat was still in the tree the next morning, he would try to rescue it.

And when Rosengren came Wednesday at 7 a.m., the cat was still there — still meowing loudly.

"He was there so promptly," Penfield said of Rosengren. "He was, like, let's do this."

Rosengren propped one of the extra-long ladders he uses to clean windows against the tree. Equipped with a blanket and a cat carrier, he climbed the ladder.

"It was beautiful and intense," Penfield said. "(The cat) didn't want anything to do with the carrier, he just jumped right on (Rosengren's) shoulders. He was so sweet."

Rosengren brought the cat — which Penfield has named "Clarity," the name of Rosengren's cleaning business — to the ground. Penfield said it was very friendly.

She took the cat to a veterinarian, where she was told he was probably about 1 or 2 years old and was very healthy. The cat wasn't microchipped, and according to Nebraska state law, cannot be adopted for at least 30 days in case an owner comes forward to claim him. Until then, "Clarity" will be living with Penfield's mother.

Penfield admired Rosengren for his help.

"He's just a wonderful man," she said. "It was beautiful to see him put his heart out like this."

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