January 8th, 2013 by Laura
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!
Tags: lost cat
January 2nd, 2013 by Laura
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.
Tags: lost cat
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 missingpetpartnership.org.)
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.)
Tags: lost cat, lost dog, lost pet
April 3rd, 2012 by SA
Both Manny the Cat and Lucy the Boston Terrier were safely reunited with their owners last night.
“Manny came home this morning, a bit worse for wear, but home nonetheless. Thank you for your support of the community!” writes Amy. Lucy made some friends on her jaunt, as she was found by the good folks at Cognition Studio, who then Tweeted the news.
We’re delighted all the pets are home and safe.
Tags: found cat, found dog, lost cat, lost dog
November 28th, 2010 by Thea
You know the saying ‘it takes a village to raise a child’? While for Kathleen Cifu and her neighbors, the same is true of their cat Stormy.
Up until Thanksgiving Day, Stormy has lived in an apartment building between 13th and 14th Avenues W, near W Barrett, as the communal pet of the building. According to Kathleen, a family that moved out of a house across the street three years ago left Stormy behind, and since then “he hasn’t been interested in being anyone’s personal pet.”
“He will saunter into our apartments, but refuses to be stuck indoors, so a small group of us came up with a plan. He lives in a rather elaborate set-up under an eave off the back of my apartment building, which includes a box with a blanket that gets changed once a week, heat lamp, and a waterproof cover in the winter months and a shade screen for the summer. Even though he wishes to remain outdoors, he still loves affection and greets me in the same spot just about every day when I come home,” Kathleen wrote.
On Thursday morning one of Kathleen’s neighbors informed her that Stormy has been taken during the night, most likely by someone who didn’t realize that he was being cared for.
“We are very worried about his safety as he is not an inside cat and refuses to be. We all take care of him and make sure he is safe and warm,” Kathleen wrote. “We provide, food, water, shelter, and heat. We let him into the walk way leading to our doors for a time to warm him up as well. Again, he refuses to be an indoor cat and prefers to live outside.”
“At some point last night someone must have thought he was not taken care of and he was alone because my neighbor woke this morning to find his box, his food/water bowls, his blankets, and the cat himself were all gone. I assure you the cat has been very well cared for and he means the world to all of us. We would like to put out the word for his safe and speedy return. I can provide proof that he lived here as he was featured in the faculty/staff newsletter at SPU.”
Kathleen and her neighbors hope that whoever took Stormy will contact them immediately. Kathleen can be reached at email@example.com.
“We are very worried about Stormy and hold no grudges against who took him as we believe they were just acting out of compassion,” she wrote. “We simply would like them to know he was cared for and we hope he returns.”
Tags: Kathleen Cifu, lost cat, Queen Anne, SPU, Stormy
November 23rd, 2010 by Thea
Reader Ebbie Smith have found a lost cat and taken him out of the snow and into their home while they look for the owners.
Ebbie says she found the cat outside her home near Dravus and 14th AVE W during the windstorm Sunday night.
He was crying outside our door so we took him in for the night. We plan to take him to the vet today to see if he has a microchip, but I thought I’d post here just incase he didn’t. He’s a black and brown spotted tabby approximately a year old. He’s got a thick fluffy tail and is very well behaved and friendly. He’s also very vocal and likes to purr and meow.
Ebbie brought the cat back from the bet without any news of his owners. If this is your cat, please call Ebbie at 206-331-5185.
Meanwhile, another Queen Anne-er is reporting his tabby cat missing (and unfortunately, they’re not the same one—we checked). This picture is Baxter, and he’s been missing for a few weeks.
Joel McLaughlin wrote:
With this snow and cold weather it breaks my heart to think where my little buddy is and how he’s doing.
He is a large full-grown male tabby cat, several years old. Has a microchip but “appears” un-neutered’ (long story).
We live off of 3rd Ave W and Olympic Place West. I haven’t lost hope even though it’s been over a month now.
I check your website daily, as well as Ballard’s and Magnolia’s in case he’s wandered as well as call and stop by the animal shelter. All I want for the Holidays is my big, loyal Baxter back.
If you’ve seen Baxter, please call Joel at 206-786-1232.
If you have any other information on lost or found pets in the snow, comment below.
Tags: Baxter, found cat, lost cat, pets, tabby
August 31st, 2010 by Thea
One of our readers is missing their cat. QueenAnneAbbie posted this in our forum last night:
Our short hair brown and black tabby cat has gone missing. He is a large male and should be somewhere in mid to SW lower Queen Anne. Any help is appreciated.
Call or text 206-799-8330
No word yet on his name, or if he has tags or a microchip, but keep on the lookout for a large tabby wandering the neighborhood. We’ll keep you posted as we hear more.
Tags: lost cat, Lost pets, Lower Queen Anne, tabby