October 26th, 2014 by Laura
UPDATE: Oli has been found! Thanks to all who looked for him!
Last night’s windstorm spooked this poor foster dog – contact info below is you see him:
Oli got scared in the storm last night and ran off. He was last seen near Queen Anne library at W Blaine St and 5th Ave W on Saturday 10/25 at 11:10pm.
He is a fawn and white French bulldog chihuahua mix, male, weighs 17 lbs, 2 years old. Please check under decks, sheds, etc as he might be scared and hiding.
Please call/text with any sightings or info 206-228-9849 or 910-988-5281. Please share! Thanks!
Tags: lost dog
July 4th, 2014 by Laura
We already have a report of a dog sighted running down Boston St sans owner at 2:30pm today:
“Little grey whippet/Italian greyhound with a royal blue collar (no tags from what I could see) running east on Boston from Queen Anne North – top of QA Hill”
The reader tried to catch the pup, but was unsuccessful. If this is your dog or if you’ve been able to catch this dog, let us know. (and, if it’s your dog, please provide your contact info)
This instance is a good reminder – with today’s activities and tonight’s fireworks, dogs can be easily spooked and run. Please make sure to secure your pets (cats too) tonight.
July 4th pet safety tips are available online. Most relevant to our neighborhood’s pets:
- keep your pets indoors today/tonight
- make sure your pet has identification – collar/tags and microchips
If your pet escapes this holiday weekend, we can post your “lost pet” notice. Just be sure to include:
- pet’s name
- pet’s description – the more detailed the better (not just the breed – a description)
- pet’s photo – if you don’t have one, now’s the time to take a pet “mug shot” for missing flyers
- your contact info – how you want people to contact you
- where last seen – cross-streets (e.g. “near Boston St and Queen Anne Ave N)
- for street names, please be sure to let us know if numbered streets are W or N streets (e.g. 2nd Ave W)
- relevant info on pet’s behavior (e.g. “skittish of people”, “loves other dogs”)
Let’s keep Queen Anne pets safe this weekend and all year!
Tags: 4th of July, fireworks, lost dog, pets
June 30th, 2014 by Laura
EDITED as of Tuesday, 7/1 – Zoe has been found! Thanks to all who looked for her and posted where they last saw her!
Lost dog last seen at Lynn St and 2nd Ave N, heading toward Boston. Tan female dog, 32 pounds.
Zoe is skittish, so if you see her, do not chase her. Lure her with food.
Tags: lost dog, lost pet
May 24th, 2014 by Laura
UPDATE: Leyla has been found! Thanks to all readers who looked for her!
Last night (Friday) around 10:30pm, a resident was walking her dog and was attacked and robbed on Upper Queen Anne (which is a very scary heads up for residents).
Her dog, Leyla, escaped with the leash attached, and hasn’t been located since.
Leyla is a small female grey terrier who lives near Boston and 2nd Ave N/Warren Ave N. She may be making her way in that direction, but if you live in the general area bordered by Queen Anne Ave N/Taylor and Galer and Boston, please keep an eye out for her.
She is friendly, but gets anxious around other dogs. She is not wearing tags, but is microchipped.
Here’s the key info:
- Terier mix – small silver / gray / black dog – maybe 10 lbs
- She did not have tags but was on a leash – she’s microchipped
- Last seen at 4th Ave North between Galer and Boston
UPDATE: Leyla was spotted on someone’s porch this morning – keep an eye out for her!
Tags: lost dog
October 19th, 2013 by Laura
UPDATE: Moe is home, safe & sound!
Help find Moe!
She’s lost on Queen Anne, last seen near McGraw St and 10th Ave W / Olympic Way.
Moe is a brown and white brindle boxer mix, she’s microchipped, but is not wearing a collar.
If you see or have seen Moe, contact her owner at 425-633-4003.
Tags: lost dog, lost pet
September 4th, 2013 by Laura
Do you know this pup or his owner?
Some readers found a male, black dog last night, Tuesday, September 3rd on Blaine St between 10th Ave W and 11th Ave W.
No collar or identification, so if you know this guy, call 206-940-4519.
Tags: lost dog
August 11th, 2013 by Laura
UPDATE: Issac has been found, and is home safe & sound!
Keep your eyes peeled for a lost male black and white Boston Terrier. Friday night’s storms spooked him, and he got out and is still missing today (Sunday).
His home is on W Prospect between 7th Ave W and 8th Ave W, above Kinnear Park, so be on the lookout if you’re around the area or in the park.
Per his owner, he’s the dog on the right in the photo.
If you’ve seen or find this pup, please contact his owner at 206-427-1967.
Tags: lost dog
August 1st, 2013 by Laura
If you’re around South Lake Union today, keep your eyes peeled for this little guy. A 15 year old white and tan Jack Russell terrier named Watson has gone missing, around the marina area near Kenmore Air. He’s deaf, but apparently can be lured with stinky cheese.
See the attached flyer for contact info:
Tags: Jack Russell, lost dog
July 4th, 2013 by Laura
Around 3:20pm on Wednesday, July 3rd, Mazzy slipped out of her collar near the Taco Time on 15th Ave W and ran south. She was last spotted at Lower Kinnear Park last night.
Mazzy is a young female golden retriever mix. She was being dropped off at the Downtown Dog Lounge when she got spooked and slipped out of her collar.
Per the Craigslist post: If you see her, DO NOT CHASE. She is scared of people and may run. Her name is Mazzy. Contact ASAP if you see her – call/text 206-790-9111.
Also – with tonight being the 4th of July, please be sure your pets are safe and secure. Here are some key tips from the Seattle Animal Shelter:
Keep pet indoors or otherwise secured when fireworks are being shot off.
Consult your veterinarian beforehand if you think your pet may need to be sedated.
Take your pet outside to relieve itself before it gets dark.
If you take your pet to a park, do not leave it locked in a car.
Do not take your pet to public fireworks displays.
Make sure your pet is wearing proper identification, such as a current pet license.
Tags: lost dog, Lower Kinnear Park
January 12th, 2013 by Laura
UPDATE: Great news! Henri has been found and returned to his owners.
Help find Henri, the missing Coton du Tulear pup!
Henri went missing around 11am today (Saturday) from the 800 block of W Fulton Street. He answers to his name, prounounced “henry” or “henri”. Henri is not wearing a collar, but he is microchipped. He is 5 years old and weighs about 15 pounds.
Update 1/12: Henri is home, safe and sound.
Tags: lost dog
December 27th, 2012 by Laura
Wonderful news – Charlie, the lost yellow lab puppy, has been found! Thanks to the woman who found him and took him to the vet; his microchip helped get her in touch with the owners.
Help us find this lost puppy!
Charlie is a 16-week old yellow lab puppy that went missing today, Thursday, around 1:30-2pm. His home is near Lynn and 5th Ave N, so if you live on East Queen Anne, keep an eye out for him.
Charlie is wearing a blue collar (no tags) and is micro-chipped.
If you see Charlie, please contact us at email@example.com or call 206-295-7226.
Tags: lost dog
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