May 26th, 2010, 10:01 PM
My beloved cat Scout, a medium haired calico - very friendly, 6 years old, with a distinctive black spot on her nose, wandered off on Monday May 24, and hasn't come home since. She is used to wandering the neighbourhood (Church and Delaney area in Ajax) for a couple of hours at a time, but has always stayed close to home, and has never stayed out overnight. I am DEVASTATED!
We have put out food and her litter box, hoping she can pick up the scent and follow it home, have gone door to door to neighbours, and have put out posters.
If anyone has any other advice - or better yet, if you're in the Ajax area and happen to spot Scout - PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE call me at 905-409-4657. We are DESPARATE to find her.
May 27th, 2010, 02:15 PM
Good luck finding your kitty, she is lovely. You should go in person to any animal shelters, spca's, pounds etc that are in your area and close by. They will not always correctly identify (or even try) your cat if you call and ask. Also contact all vets in your area with this info. Go out at night with a flashlight and look in nooks and crannies and under bushes and decks. The light will help to reflect off her eyes. Good luck finding your kitty. Please keep us posted.
May 28th, 2010, 12:20 AM
A call came in from someone about 15 blocks away. They spotted a calico that matched the poster we put up, potentially. Spent about 2 hours looking in that part of the neighbourhood - but had to come home because I had my two year old with me, and he was getting really, really tired! I am thinking I am going to head back there in the morning. FINGERS CROSSED!!!!!
May 28th, 2010, 06:44 PM
lead didn't end up turning up anything. Still looking = getting really, really scared!:(
May 28th, 2010, 08:58 PM
I am so sorry. Keep looking and don't give up hope. There have been may cats found a month after they have disappeared.
May 28th, 2010, 10:52 PM
I'm sorry the lead didn't pan out, Shannon! :grouphug: I hope she comes home soon! :goodvibes:
May 28th, 2010, 11:18 PM
Maybe some of these tips will help....
Go to the Humane Society or shelter in your area with a picture of your cat. Do not phone. You need to go there in person. Kitty may have been turned in or caught. Ask to see the sick room and the feral rooms. A cat who has been trapped/caught may "act" feral. Act quickly. These cats are the first to be euthanized. Usually within two to three days. Keep going back and asking about your cat. S/he may eventually end up there.
Make posters and plaster the area your cat would normally be in and the neighbourhoods around you. It is not necessary to offer an award on the poster. You can make that decision when your cat is returned. Post them in vets' offices, in malls, wherever you can.
Go to your neighbours and ask them to check under their decks, in their sheds, anywhere where a cat may hide out or have been curious about. An open shed door is a greeting card for a curious kitty. Check construction sites in your area. Your cat may have gotten trapped in a shed on site or a closed room which may not be opened for some time.
Put out kitty's favourite blanket, litter box, and food. You can also add an article of their favourite person's clothing recently worn. This may help call kitty home.
A can of sardines, tuna, or salmon may help lure out kitty.
Go out early in the morning (4 - 5 AM), and late at night (11 - 12) with a flashlight and a bag of kitty's favourite treats. Shine the flashlight into bushes, hedges, under places where kitty may be hiding. Call kitty's name repeatedly. It is quieter then and kitty may be more apt to come out of hiding. This has worked often to bring kitty home.
Buy or borrow a humane live trap. You can set it up on your porch, in your back yard, in a place where your cat has been spotted or would usually hang around. Bait it with the tuna, salmon or sardines. If kitty is a catnip hound you can even use catnip.
As much as this may hurt call whoever is responsible in your town/city for picking up road kill. In this area the organization is called Public Works. Ask them if they picked up any cats and the description.
June 1st, 2010, 01:53 AM
Thank you to everyone for well wishes and advice. The search continues...
what I've done so far...
1. patrolled the neighbourhood nightly, making the noise she usually comes to, and calling her name
2. put up about 500 posters in our neighbourhood, and have taken them to local vets, etc.
3. called animal control daily (ajax and pickering)... they have not (THANK GOD) picked her up off the side of the road
4. checked our local shelter. I hadn't checked the "sick" room - hadn't known to ask. Thank you for that tip - I will do that tomorrow.
5. knocked door to door in my immediate neighbourhood
6. left her litter box, and a special blanket on the back porch, hoping that she can follow the scent back home
7. put up facebook, kijiji, and craigs list ads
8. posted here
Tomorrow, I am going to see about running an ad in our local newspaper.
She is the sweetest cat, and had at one point literally saved our lives when my baby was one week old, and I passed out from exhaustion while trying to sterilize baby bottles on the stove. The smoke detector didn't go off... but Scout woke me up just as the fire started. I love her so much, I can't even imagine life without her.
I think someone may have taken her in, thinking she was a stray. And, I trust that they'd likely be being good to her. And, I think that - if she ever gets out of their house (if that's what's happened), she will hurry home again. The thing that gives me comfort about that is that it would mean she is being cared for - and I'm likely to see her again; she is wiley with escape - I can tell you that!
If there is anything anyone can think of that I haven't done... please let me know. I am crushed without my fur-baby!!!!
June 1st, 2010, 08:48 AM
I hope you find your kitty, but please when he comes home...keep him indoors.
June 1st, 2010, 09:42 AM
Shannon you are really doing everything you can...don't give up
My though and prayers are with you and your family:pray::fingerscr
June 1st, 2010, 06:47 PM
Thank you. I promise you when (or, god forbid, if) I get Scout home, she will never get out again. I love her so much, and have been barely able to function this past week.
June 4th, 2010, 07:44 AM
Shannon, please check your pm's.:fingerscr
June 13th, 2010, 10:46 PM
Scout is still missing. We have put out flyers around the neighbourhood, and I've updated the flyers with better pictures I was able to get out of a previously crashed hard drive. The search continues... Any help/advice/words of encouragement are greatly appreciated. It's tough to keep faith that she'll return - it will be 3 weeks tomorrow... the worst 3 weeks I can even imagine.
Here's some of the new pictures66470
June 13th, 2010, 10:53 PM
She's a sweetie, Shannon! Don't give up hope :grouphug:
June 13th, 2010, 11:10 PM
Keep looking. Cats have turned up a month after they have disappeared. :goodvibes::goodvibes: :pray:
June 14th, 2010, 04:36 PM
We have those "super mailboxes" in our town. I spent $300 on flyers yesterday and put them up on the mailboxes all around town, and this morning, they are all crumpled up and laying on the side of the road. I am crushed! I have also been doing a door drop - but the mailboxes are such a great way to get good exposure. I am NOT a mailman fan!
June 14th, 2010, 05:06 PM
Oh Shannon,I was hoping when I saw you had posted that you had found her:(
Scout,if she is an outdoor kitty,at least knows the area,chances are someone has her,she is very pretty.
I can't understand why anyone,including the mail-man,would be so heartless and tear down posters.
Please do not give up hope,I am sure she is somewhere wanting to come home:pray:
June 14th, 2010, 06:00 PM
I had the mail "lady" reem me out up in Orillia area when I was looking for Sable...that I couldn't put flyer on her mailbox ..it was governement property and I could be charged! She took down everyone I put up!!
I found handing out business cards with the picture on one side and the contact info on the other was more cost effective and people could put in their purse, wallet or pocket....and gave one to everyone I met...dog walkers, door knocking, anyone I could get to hold out their hand......keep up the faith...don't give up!
June 14th, 2010, 11:28 PM
the business cards is a fabulous idea i hadn't thought of... THANK YOU!
I am looking into hiring a flyer distribution company to do a door to door drop in our broader community. I've done a lot of the area - but I have a full time job and a two year old. I'm canvassing the streets after my son's asleep and his dad's at home, but I am sensitive about going up to people's doors to place flyers in mailboxes/door handles at 11 at night (did it one night, and the second house had a dog that went wild... thought the better of it). But a flyer distribution service could do it during the day while I'm at work, without disturbing people, and still get the word out.
I am thinking I will get the business cards done and take them to local soccer games/baseball games and hand them out to spectators... I can do that with my son without it being dangerous for him.
Thank you to everyone for words of encouragement and ideas... it really does help!
July 4th, 2010, 03:07 AM
I feel sick even saying this - she went missing the night of the fireworks (May 24), and hasn't been found... no real leads even. I HATED the fireworks on July 1... can't believe she's been missing all this time. I pray that someone has taken her in, and that I may someday get her back. I worry sick that she was scared out of her territory and is now "homeless" and vulnerable. I am trying hard to hold on to hope... but I am feeling less and less like I will see her again.
July 4th, 2010, 09:23 AM
Oh shannonjackson, don't give up hope. Kitties do turn up months after they have disappeared. :grouphug: :goodvibes::goodvibes::goodvibes:
July 4th, 2010, 09:27 AM
L4H is right, don't give up yet. Remember to check the pound, SPCA every day ( that's where my little Nickie ended up) and unfortunately call the city a few times a week and find out if they have had any calls to pick up deceased animals on the road. It may not be what you want to do, but at least you know that she may still be alive...:pray:
I got the most phone calls when I put posters in everyone's mailbox. Domestic cats usually stay within a two block radius of where they live, unless they lose their scent, which Nickie ( my lost cat) did.
July 4th, 2010, 05:04 PM
Shannon,I can understand that it's a heartbreaking feeling not knowing:(but if she's out there somewhere,she does not want you to give up:pray:
It's sometimes difficult for people to know that a cat is lost,so many people let their cats roam and not everyone looks at posters,putting them in mail-boxes is a good idea.
August 4th, 2010, 07:03 AM
I just wanted you to know I received your flyer yesterday ... I'm near Westney & Delaney ... so your message is out there even more now.
I really hope this is just what someone needs to help get your precious Scout back to you. I'm sure it's like you said, someone took her in because she's such a beautiful girl.
Good luck Shannon.