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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
April 27th, 2012 by SA
Toby was found and turned in to the Animal Shelter. Thank you, good citizen!
Queen Anne neighbor Graeme reports:
I returned home at lunch today to discover that our 10 year old black and tan Shiba Inu escaped our babysitter’s custody.
His name is Toby, is extremely mellow and well behaved, and has an injury to his back knee so he limps. He was last seen at the corner of 3rd Ave West and W. Crockett. He does not have a collar or tags on.
Has anyone seen him or picked him up?
If you have seen Toby, please contact email@example.com.
Tags: lost dog, missing dog
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
July 19th, 2011 by Thea
A young black lab has been found in Queen Anne, according to this Craiglist post from today.
Last night, July 18th 2011, I found a very handsome, 1 year oldish black lab puppy/dog. He is very well trained, although tired and hungry from the days events. I kept him over night, with every intention of taking him to the shelter today, but they do not open until tomorrow and I don’t want to call animal control on him. If he is yours, please e-mail and we can arrange a time to meet up. Thanks!!
We’ve written to the people who found the pup for a picture, and will update this post with more information as soon as we have it.
* Thanks to Danny for the tip!
Tags: black lab, Craigslist, found dog, lost dog, Queen Anne
June 3rd, 2011 by Thea
A 10-month-old, 60 lb puppy named Joey got off her leash during her morning walk today and is now lost, according to her owner Riky. She has no tags because she wrestled her way out of her collar before taking off, Riky says, but she does have a microchip. Joey is black with tan and white, and is a shepherd mix with either doberman or rottweiler.
Joey was last seen at the intersection of 6th Ave and Galer this morning. “Please call if you find her. I miss my puppy,” Riky wrote. Riky can be reached at 847-830-9804.
Update 1 p.m.: Riky reports that Joey found her way home this afternoon all by herself.
Tags: Joey, lost dog, lost pet, Riky
December 7th, 2010 by Thea
Have you seen this Italian greyhound Andre?
His owners dropped off this sign at El Diablo on Queen Anne Avenue N this morning, according to the baristas. If you have seen Andre, please call 206-271-3604.
Tags: Andre, El Diablo, lost dog
April 19th, 2010 by Thea
Have you seen lost a Yorkshire Terrier wandering around Queen Anne this afternoon?
A two-year-old Yorkie named Maybe has been missing for the past few hours and was last seen on the staircase at Galer St., between 8th and 9th at approximately 1:30 p.m. this afternoon. Maybe’s hair is cut long and she is wearing tags. If found, please call the number on Maybe’s tags or (206) 271-5749.
Update 4/20 9:35 a.m.: Maybe made her way home last night at around midnight, as is safe and in good shape.
Tags: lost dog, Maybe, Yorkshire Terrier
March 26th, 2010 by Thea
At around 12:30 p.m. today, Friday, March 26 a Queen Anne resident found this dog at the corner of 10th Ave W and Howe St.
Before taking the dog to a shelter, he decided to bring him back to his house and circulate a few fliers in the area, dropping one at Muse Coffee Co. on 10th. He said the dog is “very sweet,” has no collar and was extremely clean when he found it (perhaps it escaped just after a bathing?).
If this is your dog or you know who it belongs to, please call (206) 714-5834.
Tags: 10th Ave W & Howe St, lost dog, missing, Muse Coffee Co