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Lost Grey & White Domestic Short Hair IN MARKHAM

bcalamity
June 20th, 2008, 12:41 AM
Mishka is a grey and white domestic short haired who went missing yesterday morning in the Woodbine and Major Mackenzie area in Markham. She's usually an indoor cat and we're very worried about what may have happend to her. She has green eyes. Her chest and paws are mostly white while her body is a grey.

She's been my companion for the past seven years. Can you believe she actually defended me when I got into fights with people? I miss her so much.

If you have any information on her please let me know.
Email me at: sshoja11@schulich.yorku.ca

Love4himies
June 20th, 2008, 08:26 AM
Indoor cats can be very scared outside and will go into hiding, they don't usually wonder too far. The best time to look for her is at night when all is quiet. Bring a flashlight (to see her eye reflection) and a bag of treats to rattle.

You can also leave out her litter box and some of her and your items that will have scent on it. Check these items though out the night to see if she comes to the yard.

Ask your neighbours to check under their decks in their sheds for her. My parents found a cat that was hiding under their deck for 5 days (saw it at 4AM). Belonged to neighbours a couple of doors down, indoor only kitty that got out when friends visited.

Good luck and keep us posted.

bcalamity
June 20th, 2008, 01:16 PM
Hey

These are some pictures I have of her... I forgot to post:

http://photos-e.ak.facebook.com/photos-ak-sf2p/v285/177/62/1658910454/n1658910454_306284_8509.jpg

http://photos-c.ak.facebook.com/photos-ak-sf2p/v285/177/62/1658910454/n1658910454_306282_8261.jpg

http://photos-d.ak.facebook.com/photos-ak-sf2p/v285/177/62/1658910454/n1658910454_306283_8375.jpg

Thank you so much for the tips.

I just came back from an hour and a half walk looking for her.
All I found was a black cat walking around who ran away from me when I tried to follow him/her.

My cat was in heat when she went out and I thought maybe she had originally gone with that cat.

I put a bowl of her food outside and I think some other animal ate it overnight. We have a lot of rabbits and racoons in our area.

Your tip about talking ot the neighbours is great. I'm going to do that this afternoon. Thank you.

I really hope I find her :( It feels so weird waking up in the morning without her to prr on my lap.

onster
June 20th, 2008, 04:31 PM
Excellent advice from Love4himmies.

Ure cat is very beautiful and I wish you the best of luck in finding her :fingerscr

badger
June 20th, 2008, 05:10 PM
I wonder if even though she's outside and probably afraid, she would howl anyway, seeing how she's in heat. Don't forget to mention the fact to the neighbours, that she might be behaving in an unusual manner and carrying on, especially at night.
You've printed out her picture to hand them and post everywhere else, right?
Hope you find her.

bcalamity
June 20th, 2008, 08:25 PM
Thanks for the support guys.

I've put up around 10 posters with color pictures of her around. I've even offered a reward.

I just don't have any idea around what area she'd be in. It's been three days. I'm losing hope and I'm so exhausted from walking for hours looking for her.

I miss her so much
:cry2:

Love4himies
June 21st, 2008, 02:12 PM
In heat, yikes, you do realize that she will probably come back pregnant.

She may be terrified of the toms trying to get to her, if you hear any cat fights, you may want to check the area immediately.

bcalamity
June 21st, 2008, 04:17 PM
Last night someone called me at 1 in the morning saying that they saw her running through this empty field near my area.

I wanted so badly to go help him catch her, but my parents wouldn't hear of it.
He tried to go near her but she only ran away.
He left her some food.

I stayed up all night and went there at 5 in the morning but didn't see her.
I went and looked for another 2 hours later in the morning.

She's not there :(

But there's a small pond there so I'm thinking she went there for water.

This is so exhausting.

And even if she does return pregnant :( I still want her to come back.

bcalamity
June 22nd, 2008, 08:48 PM
I just got this email from someone...
I replaied but haven't gotten a phone call yet.

I really want to hope it's Mishka they've found, and at the same time something tells me not to get my hopes up too much.

She's a very skiddish cat and never allowed strangers near her.

But still I really really want to hope it's Mishka.

"Hello, I found your pet along a shopping mall and I have been looking for the owner eversince,but all abortive,till i saw your ad,if you are the true owner send me the pics of the pet and the location it was lost so i can know you are the owner before I return it."


I'm keeping my fingers crossed....

bcalamity
June 23rd, 2008, 09:11 AM
hey guys...

so i dono if anyone is reading this... but the person who emailed me turns out to have been a scam.

It really broke my heart that someone would do that...

This is what they sent me this morning....

Hi,
Its your pet I saw and really an adorable one,well your pet is with me here in West Africa for our missionary assignment,I took the pet down to Africa when I did not find the owner on time.

The shipping and handling will cost just $300 for the pet.and I have already spoken to the shipping desk concerning the shipment.I am going to ship the pet to you via Express pets delivery and the pet is Ready To Shipped in 24hrs Airport-to-Airport delivery.

Thanks and l hope to hear from you very soon.

Your most sincerely,
Jennifer


:shrug::confused:

Chris21711
June 23rd, 2008, 07:21 PM
Have you tried checking with www.pawanimalservices.ca they handle strays for Markham, you might also want to try The Kennel Inn in Aurora since you are on the western part of Markham. Good Luck

badger
June 23rd, 2008, 08:09 PM
Did you post on kijiji? because someone whose cat has also gone missing received the exact same email.
http://www.pets.ca/forum/showthread.php?t=53635
Scammers. :censored: Don't you just love the missionary touch.
Do not give up. Widen your search area, since females in heat will do just about anything for relief and are therefore quite vulnerable.
You need to go out when it's dark; if your parents are worried maybe they could go with you. The first few days are crucial.
:fingerscr:fingerscr

bcalamity
June 23rd, 2008, 08:15 PM
Hey guys

I'm not sure if I posted on Kiji. I posted on every site possible. I don't think Kiji was on of them though. You never know though. I was panicking and posted everywhere I could.

I will try and look for her tonight again.
My family isn't too keen on helping me.

Chris: I have checked their site. I called them the day after Mishka went missing and they said to call back later because it was too soon to know. So I tried calling today several times but their phone seemed constantly busy. I'm gonna try again early tomorrow morning.

I'm also thinking of calling a local TV station and newspaper for more media exposure. I really want her to come home.

bcalamity
June 23rd, 2008, 10:06 PM
Guys I dont know how much more of this I can take.

Not only have I been doing the entire search alone, but I've also had to fight my parents to let me out of the house to look for her.

I just came back from a half hour search. Even that made them furious. They say I'm not allowed to go look for her anymore.

I don't like feeling this alone.

NoahGrey
June 24th, 2008, 10:17 AM
Not only have I been doing the entire search alone, but I've also had to fight my parents to let me out of the house to look for her..

I can't believe that your parents are not encouraging you to look for your beloved pet or at the least assiting you in helping find her.

Please don't give up. If you give up on her, that is it...no one will be looking for you. And how sad is that. To think that no one is looking for her, even the person who loved her, made her feel safe, once protected her. You can't give up. That just breaks me heart.

ACO22

badger
June 24th, 2008, 10:46 AM
What exactly is your parents' problem? Is it a cultural thing (you leaving the house), or they're secretly relieved the cat is gone, or what?
Whatever their motivation, they're in good company, in my experience many people just throw up their hands when a cat goes missing. I had a neighbour downstairs who moved in with a small tabby, which he allowed to roam through an open window. The day after it disappeared, he knocked on my door with a half-full sack of food and various other kitty items, saying he had no further use for them. Oh, I said, what happened to your tabby? Gone, he said. Did you put up some posters, walk around the neighbourhood, etc. (pretty basic stuff)? No. I was shocked into silence. This kind of attitude is at the heart of our stray problem, along with not neutering and spaying. Out of sight, out of mind.

Chris21711
June 24th, 2008, 10:56 AM
bcalamity - as of July 1st the OSPCA of York Region is taking over the Animal Control contract for Markham, apparently Markham is not satisfied with the service they are getting from pawanimalservices. If she isn't home by then then check with them. They are on Woodbine Ave just south of Mulock Drive.

bcalamity
June 24th, 2008, 10:40 PM
Hey guys

Well my parents grew up in an area where stray cats were plenty. They were literally all over the place as there was no system in place to control their population... so they're used to the idea of cats coming and going. They believed that I just overreacted and don't like me going out in the dark to look for her.


I shall check with OSPCA thanks :)
I think animalpawnservices doesn't do a great job exactly... there are a lot of stray cats around here considering it is a suburb... and I've never once seem them be claimed by animal services. They're always found and taken care of by people. I don't know if that's their fault but that is my experience. I don't have much hope in them finding my cat.

I'm not giving up. I'm gonna keep searching. I just don't know where else to look anymore... I feel like I've walked the entire neighbourhood ten times.

Last night I had a dream that I had found mishka. It felt so much more real than the previous ones. I woke up to the feeling of something dripping down my lips and wiped my mouth to find my lips were bleeding badly. My sleep and physical state seems to be declining. I wish I could hold myself together for Mishka. I shouldn't be so weak when she needs my help.

badger
June 24th, 2008, 11:38 PM
When you're out walking, do you put up posters along the way? Don't forget to ask people to look in their sheds and garages. A cat of mine was shut up for more than a week; I never expected to see him again.
Fax her picture to all vet offices in the area and ask that it be posted in their waiting room.ĘPut an ad in the local freebie paper, if you have one. If they'll publish a picture, all the better.

Good luck, be patient, this could still end well.

bcalamity
June 27th, 2008, 12:08 PM
Hey Badger.

All the posters I had put up are all now soaked and useless from constant rain.

I'm trying to get some printed and laminated but I went ot the mall yesterday and none of the photo stores did color printing or lamination. So I'm going to bike 5 km or so just to get some printed today.

Having a car would make life so much easier.

bcalamity
June 27th, 2008, 11:16 PM
I just finished printing out and cutting out 130 little mishka business cards to put on people's doors.

Ouch to my fingers. I hope they help find her :(

Harry01
June 28th, 2008, 01:25 AM
Good luck bcalamity!. My posters area also socked and falling off. I am going to have to get more up there.

bcalamity
June 28th, 2008, 10:01 AM
Hey Harry. Good luck finding your beautiful dog!
I wish houses in Markham weren't so ... abundant.
There are a million places my cat could be hiding.

bcalamity
June 29th, 2008, 10:22 AM
There has been an animal communicator I've been talking to. He's a good friend of a friend of mine and has tried to help me locate her.

This morning when I asked for him to see if she was okay he said that she had died.

I don't know what to think.

I miss her...

shirley1011
June 29th, 2008, 11:26 AM
Aww...I know the feeling..it can bring closure for you but......... in your
heart you still have hope so keep doing what you have been doing...you
never know miracles do happen
I have had four animal communicators..one says Sable's passed, the other three still give me the same information so:shrug: who knows...

bcalamity
June 29th, 2008, 05:58 PM
Do you think I should believe him? :(

bcalamity
July 7th, 2008, 12:26 PM
hey guys

I just wanted to bump this to ask what you guys think I should be doing now..

She's been lost for over two weeks now and still no sign of her.
The animal communicator I had been talking to said she's passed away.
I dont know what to believe and I dont know how to search anymore-- or if I should still be searching. :(

Any advice... please? :(

NoahGrey
July 8th, 2008, 08:19 AM
Have you gone into the shelters in your area? Have you called them and filled out a lost report?

Have you called veterinary clincs? Sometimes people bring in stray cats to them. Also pet finder and other sites that I am sure someone on here can post them, which might better your chances in finding your kitty.

ACO22

Chris21711
July 8th, 2008, 09:10 AM
Have you tried filing a lost cat report with the OSPCA in Newmarket. Their # is 905 898 7122 Ex 319, this way if they pick up a cat matching the discription of yours, they will call you. Give as much information as possible. Good Luck.

bcalamity
July 8th, 2008, 11:59 AM
hey guys

I called the few vet clinics near by and gave a lost cat poster that they posted to the other.

I think I called the OSPCA and they told me they dont really deal with animals from Markham. But I will try and call to give them a lost cat report. Thank you!

I've called PAWS animal services for markham and asked about mishka.
Yesterday I checked their found cats site and my heart almost stopped at the sight of this cat that looked almost EXACTLY like my cat, except that the white on her nose is a bit bigger than Mishka's was. I will still call to double check. MAYBE just maybe... they somehow have her.

http://www.pawanimalservices.ca/gallery/details.php?image_id=1797&sessionid=e3df4b3b1dc408bee9129851f64fd21e

This is the cat that looks so much like her =/

I will try calling more vet's clinics and hope that some of them do have her. :fingerscr

Thanks for all the help guys.

Chris21711
July 8th, 2008, 12:04 PM
Call the number I gave you and the extension 319, I don't know when you called but as of July 1st they handle Markham's Animal Control. Maybe you called before then or whoever you spoke to does not know what they are talking about.

bcalamity
July 8th, 2008, 01:21 PM
Hey Chris

Actually I've called so many numbers that I'm a little confused.
I DID call OSPCA but when I told them that Mishka had been lost around 2 weeks ago they said that they had JUST started serving markham and mishka would most probably not be there. Still though the lady was very friendly and checked to see if Mishka had come in. I have to say... they seem to do a much better job than PAWS. PAWS seem a little disorganized if you ask me.

I will call the number again to check for Mishka though.
Thanks for clearing up my jumbled brain.

NoahGrey
July 8th, 2008, 03:12 PM
Ok I think I have to set things straight.

The OSPCA is head Office to all of the branches and affiliates. Each branch and affiliate have their own juristition. Like Oaville does Oakville and milton, Kitchener-Waterloo does Kitchener-waterloo, Orangeville does orangville and small towns around it.

Calling the OSPCA will not nothing. You have to call your local humane Socities. Also branches go my _____fill in blank SPCA. While affilates goes my ____fill in blank Humane Society.

so whatever town you live in, just check your local listings. If you live in a city that Animal Control is run by the city..it would be a Municipal Animal shelter/services. I would be going everyday. City shelters euth the mjaority that come through their doors within 3-5 days.

You can go onto the ospca website and they have a link that has all of the branchs/afficates and their website. It also tells you the area(s) that service.

Hopefully if it is a Humane society/SPCA, they don't euth for cage space. Like the one I work for.

Good luck

ACO22

Chris21711
July 8th, 2008, 03:23 PM
ACO22 - the OSPCA York Region branch has the contract for Animal Control in Markham, that same branch also the Animal Control contract for Aurora. It is whoever the town contracts to do their animal control. For instance the Kennel Inn in Aurora does Animal Control for King City, Richmond Hill, Woodbridge etc.,

Your statement is just going to confuse bcalamity.

:offtopic:The Head Office of the OSPCA in Newmarket is only the head office of all OSPCA branches not affiliates. All Agents and Investigators are governed by the OSPCA rules and regulations regardless of whether they are an affiliate or a branch. Each OSPCA branch receives X amount of $'s from Head Office each year, then each Branch is responsible for raising what monies it can however it sees fitting. The Affiliates receive no funding.

NoahGrey
July 8th, 2008, 04:04 PM
ACO22 - the OSPCA York Region branch has the contract for Animal Control in Markham, that same branch also the Animal Control contract for Aurora. It is whoever the town contracts to do their animal control. For instance the Kennel Inn in Aurora does Animal Control for King City, Richmond Hill, Woodbridge etc.,

Your statement is just going to confuse bcalamity.

:offtopic:The Head Office of the OSPCA in Newmarket is only the head office of all OSPCA branches not affiliates. All Agents and Investigators are governed by the OSPCA rules and regulations regardless of whether they are an affiliate or a branch. Each OSPCA branch receives X amount of $'s from Head Office each year, then each Branch is responsible for raising what monies it can however it sees fitting. The Affiliates receive no funding.

yeah i know that. I work for a Humane Society. The affiliates have to pay yearly fee to the OSPCA in order to be assoicated with them My post was just confusing in general.

ACO22

Chris21711
July 8th, 2008, 04:13 PM
yeah i know that. I work for a Humane Society. The affiliates have to pay yearly fee to the OSPCA in order to be assoicated with them My post was just confusing in general.

ACO22

You are right on that one.

bcalamity
July 8th, 2008, 06:18 PM
hey guys

Well Chris the only places I've been able to find/get in touch with that could be even slightly affiliated with Markham have been:

PAWS Animal services -- I've called them and asked about mishka
Kennel Inn-- They told me Markham is irrelevant to them but checked anyway

And the OSPCA extention I was given. Although I tried calling them again today and it kept saying that all their lines are busy.

I even check the toronto humane found pets listing on a regular basis.

I'm not sure what other numbers to call. :shrug:

Chris21711
July 8th, 2008, 06:45 PM
hey guys

Well Chris the only places I've been able to find/get in touch with that could be even slightly affiliated with Markham have been:

PAWS Animal services -- I've called them and asked about mishka

They had the contract until June 30th.

Kennel Inn-- They told me Markham is irrelevant to them but checked anyway

They don't do Markham, but I would want them to check considering where you live in Markham.

And the OSPCA extention I was given. Although I tried calling them again today and it kept saying that all their lines are busy.

I will talk to my daughter when she gets home, she works there. Will get back to you on that.



I even check the toronto humane found pets listing on a regular basis.

I'm not sure what other numbers to call. :shrug:

You could try Toronto Animal Services East, but I would think it doubtful that she went that far south.

bcalamity
July 8th, 2008, 08:55 PM
Thank you Chris for all the info on those.
And for asking your daughter about the OSPCA location.

I've heard newspapers would be willing to post free ads in local papers about lost pets. I tried to get in touch with economist and sun but their website is jumbled and all the numbers I called got me nowhere!

Do you know of any papers I could contact for something like that?

Thanks a lot again...

Chris21711
July 9th, 2008, 09:25 AM
I checked with my daughter about the phone lines at the OSPCA, she said that after the storm we had early yesterday afternoon, all to their phones were down consequently that it why you were getting a message that 'all lines were busy'. They should be up and running today, so maybe you can try calling them again. Also give a description of you cat, every small detail that you can think of.

As far as Newspapers, me personally would place an ad in your local paper if you go to www.yorkregion.com there on the left hand side of the site you will see all of the towns it covers. Markham and Richmond Hill are there.

Have you asked neighbours to check in their garages, sheds and under decks?

bcalamity
July 9th, 2008, 09:52 AM
hey Chris

Thanks for asking your daughter! I'll try calling again today then.

As for the yorkregion site.. that's where I got some p hone numbers/contact information that led to nowhere. I'll try again.Maybe just post on their onlien classifieds or something. Thanks.

And as for neighbours... I left mini posters on all the houses near my area telling them shes missing... and on some of them it was indicated she could be hiding in their garages. I hoped if they did see her around they'd keep the card around and call me in time.

I dont think she's in anyone's backyard though. I mean... the only/last place anyone ever spotted her was a large farm field away from the houses.. which isnt really the best thing :( I've checked the field hundreds of times and found nothing. There's also a new area being developed full of houses that are under construction. I walked through there with a few friends, and after getting some glares from the security we had to leave. Plus it was a mess of broken wood and mud everywhere... I hope that's not where she's stranded :(

shirley1011
July 9th, 2008, 11:05 AM
I hope you left a flyer with kitty's info on it for the security at the new home site...they are usually around there in the night time...I have found they have been more than helpful once they know what you are up to.

bcalamity
July 9th, 2008, 11:52 AM
Actually I didnt. :( I probably should have.
Maybe I can still try to...

bcalamity
July 18th, 2008, 06:08 PM
So its a month today since Mishka went missing :(

logitikes
August 25th, 2008, 11:51 PM
Hey i wanted to know if you found your kitty... The same thing happend to mine and its been a week and i basically did what you did so far. And my parents are just as unsupportive, well actually my dad is. Anyways i just wanted to know. thanks.

bcalamity
August 26th, 2008, 12:06 PM
hey logi.

Unfortunately I haven't found Mishka...

I'm sorry to hear you've lost your cat. Gather around some good friends. I think they could be willing to help more than parents.
Look constantly the first few days. Theyre the most important.

Good luck and I hope you find your lovely pet. <3