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LOST CAT: Outdoor cat missing near 2nd Ave W & W Howe St

June 11th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Scout is an outdoor kitty who’s been missing since Monday, June 8th. Here’s the info from her owner:

ScoutScout has been missing since June 8, 2015. She is a small, approximately 9 lbs, short-haired, greyish-brown and white tabby with one green eye and one blue eye.

She was last seen on Queen Anne Hill in Seattle on 2nd Ave W and W Howe St by Big Howe Park.

If you live on Queen Anne, please be on the lookout for Scout. Check your basements, garages, under your decks, etc.

I will provide a reward for Scout’s return home. She is a very important member of our family. Please contact Mary at 206-915-7328 via call or text at anytime.

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UPDATE: FOUND: White and grey cat lost near 2nd Ave N & Florentia

May 18th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

MimiUPDATE: Mimi has found her way home, thanks to all who looked for her.

Another lost kitty this week. This time, an indoor-outdoor cat who lives near 2nd Ave N and Florentia St, and has been at this home for a year. If you live in this area of Queen Anne, keep an eye out for her in garages and under decks.

Mimi is 4 years old. She rarely wanders too far and always checks in. Here are the key description items from her owner:

  • White and gray colored and has a bit of a fat sack that hangs from her belly
  • She is the friendliest cat you would ever meet
  • She never wanders too far but she has not come home in over 24 hours, which is EXTREMELY rare.
  • She has a light blue collar around her neck (no name on the tag however) a
  • Shorter haired cat.

If you see Mimi, contact Jennifer at 253-653-9146.

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FOUND: Black and white Persian mix near 5th Ave W and Highland

May 16th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

UPDATE: Gracie has been found, thank you!

Gracie got lost in a move from one part of Queen Anne to another, so keep your eyes out across Upper Queen Anne for her.

Gracie is a 10 year-old petite black and white Persian mix. She was recently treated at the Queen Anne Animal Clinic for a sore by her tail. She’s friendly, but likely scared from the move chaos.

She was last seen on 5th Ave W between W Comstock and Highland. Her family just moved from the area near the P-Patch on Lynn St to the home on 5th Ave W.

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LOST CAT: Tuxedo kitty missing near Queen Anne Ave N and McGraw

October 1st, 2014 by Laura Fonda

If you live near the intersection of Queen Anne Ave N and McGraw St, keep an eye out for Sia. Check your garages and under decks, as she may be hiding. Here’s more info from her owner:

SiaSia is a black & white “tuxedo” cat, female, who is very friendly and curious.

She was last seen around 7:30pm on September 29th near the NW corner of Queen Anne Ave and W McGraw St.

She was wearing a aquamarine/green collar with tags that contain our phone numbers.

Sia is an indoor/outdoor cat and may be injured/spooked and hiding under a neighbor’s deck. in a garage/shed, or even up a tree.
If found, please contact Kianoush Naficy at 206.931.7711 or via

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UPDATE: Lost indoor grey and white cat near 14th Ave W

April 17th, 2014 by Laura Fonda

UPDATE: Porkchop has been found and is home safe and sound!

If you live near The Belvedere Apartments at 3425 14th Ave W on northwest Queen Anne, keep an eye out for missing kitty Porkchop. I’ve been without internet access for the past 3 days, so just got the heads up. Porkchop went missing on Monday. Here’s the info from Porkchop’s owner:

My cat Porkchop disappeared from my 3rd-story apartment [The Belvedere Apartments - 3425 14th Ave. W, 98119] and I need all the help I can get in finding her. She may have escaped from the apartment when my boyfriend returned from work around 8:30am. [note: Monday, April 14th at 8:30am]
She is a 6-year old grey and white long-haired female with “tuxedo” coloring. Her front claws have been removed and she is missing several of her teeth. She is a very friend cat in small spaces, but skittish in new environments. She is an indoor cat and has a microchip, but doesn’t wear a collar.
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LOST: White cat near Queen Anne Library

March 31st, 2014 by Laura Fonda

A cat that lives near the Queen Anne Library on 4th Ave W between Garfield and Galer streets has been missing since Sunday afternoon. If you live nearby, check your garages, sheds, and under decks for Binky – and if you walk to/from the Library, keep an eye out.

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Here’s Binky’s info from his owner:

Binky is a 5 year old white domestic shorthaired male with blue eyes.  He has a chip but no collar.  He is an indoor/outdoor cat and has been missing since Sunday afternoon.  He is pretty well-known among passers by on their way to the QA library, and usually hangs out near our home on 4th Ave West between Garfield and Galer Streets (close to the library).

Binky has been known to “visit” neighbors’ homes, darting into the occasional open door.  We’re curious whether he possibly got spooked by a dog, ran into a crawlspace/basement/garage, and got trapped?  A neighbor of ours found someone’s missing cat in her basement after several days. The kids are really hopeful–Binky usually sleeps with our 9 year old.
If you see Binky, contact the Virzi family via voice or text at 206-409-5687 or email

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Lost Cat: Tortiseshell Cat on North Queen Anne

March 23rd, 2014 by Laura Fonda

JackPhotoJack is a female cat who’s missing from a North Queen Anne home. Primarily an indoor cat, Jack got outside on Saturday night and hasn’t returned yet. Her home is near W. Newell St and 5th Ave W.

Jack is a senior cat who has some respiratory issues, so she may be hiding somewhere in the blocks near her home. She’s a dilute tortiseshell cat with a white patch on her chest and white feet. Her front feet are declawed and she’s not wearing a collar.

If you live in the surrounding blocks, check your garages and keep an eye out for Jack. If you see her, please contact her owners at or 206-321-7812.

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Update to FOUND: Calico kitty on East Queen Anne

February 22nd, 2014 by Laura Fonda

UPDATE: kitty’s owner has been found, thanks to a microchip. PSA: microchip your pets!

A resident found a female, declawed calico cat this afternoon on East Queen Anne. It is most likely an indoor kitty since it’s declawed and wandered into a house near 4th Ave N and Smith St.

If you recognize this cat, contact Katie via email.

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Is this cat lost? If so, he’s been found!

June 9th, 2013 by Laura Fonda

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A reader has contacted us about a very friendly black and white kittty that has shown up at her door with no collar or identification. He or she has been hanging out around Blaine and 7th Ave W, and is eager to come inside, visiting both front and back porches.

Since it’s the beginning of missing cat season (aka it’s warm, windows are opened sans screens, cats are curious), maybe this kitty escaped to explore and hasn’t found its way home.

If you know this cat – or have been looking for him – contact Diana at or 206.794.7886.

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Dilly is Now Home: Help Find Dilly! Lost Indoor Cat

January 8th, 2013 by Laura Fonda

UPDATE: Dilly found her way home early this morning! She is no longer lost, but instead safe and warm in her home.

Dilly is an indoor-only cat that got out on Sunday, January 6th. She ran outside and toward the wooded ravine area near Warren Ave N and Queen Anne Drive.

She’s never been outside, so please be on the lookout for her, especially if you live in the surrounding blocks. She responds to her name, but since this is her first venture outside, she may be hiding, so check your garages, under decks/porches, and wooded areas.

Dilly is a small spayed female, mostly grey with tan and a bit of white on her face. She has bright green eyes and responds to her name. Since she’s indoor-only, she isn’t wearing a collar.

Update 1/10 – Dilly is home!

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    FOUND: Lost Cat – Near Galer St & Warren Ave N

    January 2nd, 2013 by Laura Fonda

    UPDATE: Happy News! Macallan was found safe & sound in a neighbor’s garage, which means that while he was lost, he had shelter from last night’s cold weather.

    Help find Macallan – he went missing yesterday (Tuesday) afternoon near Galer St and Warren Ave N. If you live on East Queen Anne near these cross streets, check your yards and garages, he may not have traveled far.

    Macallan is a ginger and white tabby with white socks. He is a 10 month old neutered male with a stocky build. According to Macallan’s owners, he’s very friendly and extremely vocal – he yowls loudly. He was wearing an orange collar with tags and owner details, but it’s a quick-release collar, so it may have broken off. He is microchipped.

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    Your precious pet is lost — what can you do?

    April 30th, 2012 by SA

    By Ilona Idlis, UW News Lab

    Greenwood resident Becky Refae never expected her cat, Sugar, to go missing. After all, the chatty Siamese had been an indoors cat for most of her 11 years and, like a dog, always came when called. But after years abroad, the Refae family returned to Seattle and decided to try to allow their pet a little more freedom. They were reassured by Sugar’s behavior. The kitty stayed close to home during her outdoor ventures and still preferred her indoor kingdom.

    So when Sugar didn’t return one night last September, Refae panicked.

    “We just couldn’t imagine what happened. Did she get spooked by a raccoon, or follow another cat? Did she get hurt nearby and get disoriented? There were a million scenarios running through our heads,” she recalled in an email.

    Refae immediately set to work on the search. She phoned her local veterinarian and the Seattle Animal Shelter, printed up posters and hung them on telephone poles, then walked the neighborhood calling Sugar’s name and straining to hear the familiar meow.

    The community board at the Seattle Animal Shelter is
    plastered with missing animal fliers. The most effective postings
    use large, color photos and bold headings with
    memorable descriptions, like “BLACK LAB.”

    Her husband decided to expand the search by posting to the PhinneyWood forum. The online response was immediate. Tips and sightings poured in as comments and phone calls. Though the Refaes sped to the mentioned locations, Sugar was nowhere to be found.

    “It did keep our hopes,” Refae said. If people were seeing her, she was at least OK.

    By the fourth day, Refae wasn’t so sure. Then she got the call. A family living off Aurora Avenue North and North 110th Street — almost 30 blocks away from home — found Sugar trembling under their car. Both of her back legs were broken and she crouched, terrified, unable to move.

    Refae rushed Sugar to an emergency animal hospital, fearing permanent damage. Thankfully, a next-day operation and weeks of love and painkillers helped Sugar to a full recovery and the Siamese now bounds around the house with lots of energy and a slight limp.

    Becky Refae’s Siamese cat, Sugar, was missing for
    four days before a Greenwood family found her hiding
    under a car, injured. They used the phone number on
    Sugar’s ID tag to contact Refae. (Photo by Becky Refae.)

    This story wouldn’t have a happy ending if it wasn’t for Sugar’s collar. The family that found her was outside the mile radius of paper fliers and hadn’t seen the online forum. Instead, it was Refae’s phone number on the cat’s ID tag that proved crucial to Sugar’s rescue.

    “Best $10 I ever spent,” Refae concluded.

    Seattle Animal Shelter (SAS) worker Kara Main-Hefter, too, cannot over-emphasize the importance of pet identification. This means microchips, licenses and collars.

    “If you have all of those three things up to date, your animal will get home to you,” Main-Hefter assured. But no amount of posters or postings can help a found animal that can’t be traced to its owner.

    The SAS takes in strays daily and the pattern of reunification is telling. Of the 821 stray dogs received last year, over 65 percent were reunited with their owners. Conversely, only 12.3 percent of the 739 found cats made it home. Why?

    “Dogs are more likely to have identification,” Main-Hefter explained. “A lot of people believe that cats shouldn’t have to wear collars, but that leaves no way to reunite them.”

    Proper identification is a three-step process that can ultimately save a four-legged family member. A grain-sized microchip implanted in an animal’s nape is the first and most permanent form of ID. Most of the time, dogs and cats are tagged at their local shelters and vet’s offices, which makes those locations the default address on the chip.

    Seattle Animal Shelter worker Kara Main-Hefter demonstrates
    the microchip scanner on Melissa. The grain-sized chips are usually
    implanted in the animal’s nape, and just a swipe of the scanner will
    pick up the coded number and company information.

    Jessica Ancheta of Phinney Ridge Animal Hospital encourages owners to update the microchips with their personal information and phone number. The re-registration process requires a small fee — around $20 depending on the company — but provides a direct route back to the owner.

    “If [owners] don’t have the chips registered, it’s keeping [the Animal Hospital] as the middleman,” she explained, which means the company calls the animal hospital first and delays the process.

    Pet licenses are the next line of defense. They’re required by law for cats and dogs in the city of Seattle and usually provide the SAS with the most accurate data for its license/microchip cross-reference database. Moreover, license fees directly fund the shelter’s facilities.

    “Collars are third on the rung,” Main-Hefter said. “It’s the easiest to use for you and me as normal public citizens, but it’s the most likely to get lost.”

    Keeping dogs on leashes and cats indoors are common sense ways of preventing physical escape, but if they fail, the chances of finding your animal are greatly increased by following the guide below.

    If Your Animal is Lost:

    First, notify and visit the shelter immediately. The SAS is a central location for the area’s found pets and should be the first place an owner checks. This step is particularly important if the animal has no form of ID, as the shelter is only required to hold unidentified pets for three business days before they’re put up for adoption. So, come in person to visually verify your animal and come often.

    Second, alert the community. Main-Hefter says online and print postings play an equal part in establishing “a local rescue network,” increasing the number of people looking for your animal. Do both. Post to Craigslist and local blogs, such as PhinneyWood and the Queen Anne View. Print fliers with large, color photos and emphasize key descriptor words, like “CALICO TABBY” or “BLACK LAB.” Hang them in your neighborhood vet’s offices and community centers. Mount your fliers on fluorescent poster boards and pin them by busy intersections. You only have a few seconds to grab drivers’ attention so use bright colors and bold type to convey what’s missing quickly. (For more tips on formatting fliers, visit

    This flier is an example of poor formatting. The black and white photo
    doesn’t help the viewer recognize a generically colored cat and the type
    doesn’t jump out with an immediate description. Since this cat doesn’t
    have any identification, like a microchip or collar,
    the chances of reunification are slim.

    Third, hit the pavement. Walk the streets while calling your pet’s name. Talk with your neighbors. Physically check hiding spots like porches and garages. (This step is particularly important when looking for cats, who tend to hide silently when hurt.) If your animal is hiding nearby, you may need to set up feeding stations with humane traps to lure them home. The SAS can deploy workers to build them.

    If You Find a Lost Animal:

    Let the animal come to you. Unfortunately, there’s no way to calm a skittish pet. Chasing after a scared dog or cat will only drive it farther from home. Worse, you may get bitten and “that’s a situation no one wants,” Main-Hester reminded.

    “If they’re handle-able and friendly, they’re probably just a couple doors away from home,” she added. In that case, try to entice the animal with food and corral it inside a fence. Check the pet for a collar with owner information, as it may be your neighbor’s.

    Notify the SAS of your find. If there’s no visible identification, don’t just house the animal. Instead, take it to any local veterinarian or shelter during business hours to be scanned for a microchip. You don’t need an appointment. Check local bulletin boards and online forums for matching descriptions. Finally, if none of these methods yields results, do not hesitate to take the animal to the SAS. The owner will think to visit the shelter, not your house.

    Fortunately, the SAS has an excellent adoption record and will find the animal a good home, even if reunification isn’t possible. With 300 available foster homes and large on-site facilities, the shelter never euthanizes for space. In fact, the SAS had a 91 percent “save rate” for all its animals last quarter, placing it in the top ranks nationally.

    “We’re really, really proud of it,” Main-Hester said. “’We’re one of the highest municipal shelters in the country and that’s because the Seattle community is absolutely amazing and really cares for its animals, and adopts here first.”

    (Ilona Idlis is a student in the University of Washington Department of Communication News Laboratory. This article is courtesy of our friends at PhinneyWood and seemed timely, given our recent spate of escapees.)

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