Maine coon rescued from tree; now 'Treetop Tyler' needs new home

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PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

He's a big cat with a big heart, big personality... and a big story.

Meet "Treetop Tyler." He's a 12-pound Maine coon who was rescued from a tree near the freeway and is now looking for a new loving home.

The 5-year-old cat was discovered stuck in a tree near the Agua Fria Freeway.

Crews from the Phoenix Fire Department were able to rescue the big furry fellow.

 "What we think happened is that he got spooked by something, ran up that tree and of course couldn't get himself down," said Bretta Nelson with the Arizona Humane Society. 

Fortunately, Tyler came away from the ordeal unscathed and is now enjoying the comforts of the Arizona Humane Society as he waits to be adopted.

Even though some folks only want tiny kittens, the AHS says there are many reasons why Tyler would make a great companion. He is very friendly, affectionate and playful, loves to be scratched and likes nothing better than to curl up on a warm lap.

"He is such a sweet cat. He's a lover! He loves chin scratches and belly rubs and we've been walking around in his new harness, so he's going to make someone a wonderful cat," said Nelson.

Tyler is available for adoption at AHS’ Campus for Compassion, located at 1521 W. Dobbins Road, Phoenix, AZ 85041.

His adoption fee is just $40. He does need to be an inside cat.

For information on Tyler and other adoptable pets, visit www.azhumane.org. You can also call 602-997-7585.

The Maine coon is one of the largest domesticated breeds of cat. They are known as large and sociable cats, hence their nickname "the gentle giant." They are known for being loyal to their family, but also independent and not clingy.

The Maine coon's gentle disposition makes the breed relaxed around dogs, other cats, and children.

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