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My cat turned up in a photo on the weather network, please help locate

June 11th, 2010, 08:12 AM
Yesterday, I just happened to be on the Weather Network website and saw that someone posted an image of my long lost cat! My family's cat to be specific. We thought she passed away when she dissapeared a year ago. The title of the photo is: 'Beautiful Wild Cat' so she's obviously living as a stray. This opens up so many emotions again.. It says in the photo that she was in the Scarborough area.

My family lives in Kingston so I think she did what she loved to do so much - get into cars, and jumped into the back of a truck for a nice long ride.

If you see her, she responds to the name Tiger.

Here is the image on the Weather Network:

Thanks :cry:

June 11th, 2010, 08:26 AM
Then you should be calling the weather network to get her back.

I'm confused why not go to the source of the photo via the weathernetwork?

Dog Dancer
June 11th, 2010, 11:24 AM
I hope you find your cat, wouldn't that be wonderful. I agree with Marko, you should definitely contact the weather network and ask them to contact the person who sent them the photo and have him call you. You could get details of the colony he spotted your cat in and go there to try to locate him. Good luck to you.

June 11th, 2010, 11:57 AM
Good luck in finding your cat. I agree, contact the weather network to see if they can trace who posted the pic.

June 11th, 2010, 12:00 PM
I agree with the other two've stated that emotions came over you when seeing the picture, but yet you seem not to interested in getting him back. I would have been on the phone as soon as the picture was posted.

June 11th, 2010, 12:25 PM
Agreed Noah....if I had a picture that I thought was my lost couldn't have stopped me from phoning or being at their desk wanting to know who sent in the picture, when and where!
If you think its yours do something about it!

June 11th, 2010, 01:26 PM
I have called and spoken to someone at the Weather Network. Due to confidentiality matters, she was only able to email the photographer and ask him to call me. I'm not allowed to reach him directly. I can only hope that he calls me..if not, then I'm relying on the kind people on this forum to let me know if you've seen her in the Scarborough area, thus the reason why I'm posting this.

The photographer wrote that she is a 'wild' cat, so it sounds like he took her photo while he passed by and has no clue as to where she might live. She's probably a stray..unfortunately that photo was taken in the winter so god only knows what has happened to her since.


June 11th, 2010, 01:27 PM
the person who posted the pictures name is Wilf Terrio,,,,it says it right under the picture..try

macon pets
June 11th, 2010, 01:37 PM
Wow what a strange coincidence that you saw the cat at all. Everyone seems to have given good advice. good luck. Hope everything works out well for you and your family.

June 11th, 2010, 02:23 PM
The photographer wrote that she is a 'wild' cat, so it sounds like he took her photo while he passed by and has no clue as to where she might live. She's probably a stray..unfortunately that photo was taken in the winter so god only knows what has happened to her since.

I would assume the cat is hanging out this guys property. If he calls, ask him to humanely trap the cat, then give you a call. Just becuase the picture is from the winter, means nothing. Obviously if this person is contacting the weather network now, in the summer..should mean that the cat is still hanging around.

June 11th, 2010, 02:45 PM
Good idea about 411. Yes, I've done it all. This gentleman probably uses a cell phone so he doesn't exist on any phone directory. He also isn't mentioned on any websites which is peculiar.

It is strange isn't it how I found her on that website, which I don't frequent that often...sometimes I think things happen for a reason in life.

June 11th, 2010, 02:46 PM
..unfortunately that photo was taken in the winter so god only knows what has happened to her since.


Actually it says the photo was shot June 2 and there is grass in the background!

You have the guy's name...try to get in touch with him. If you live in the Annex it is not that far from Scarborough.

June 11th, 2010, 03:37 PM
Ok, if you really want your cat back you should do the following: open an old fashioned white pages and call every single Terrio in the GTA.... eventually u will get either the right person or a relative and will be able to set up a live trap/scout the area. This is doable.... just depends on your willpower to get your cat back. Let us know how this turns out...

June 11th, 2010, 04:00 PM
There's only 19 Terrios listed in all of Ontario -

Wilf Terrio should be related to one of them.

June 11th, 2010, 04:03 PM
There's only 19 Terrios listed in all of Ontario -

Wilf Terrio should be related to one of them.

Thats great! 19 is very doable!

June 11th, 2010, 04:37 PM
I could be wrong,but is there not several cat-colonies living in that area:confused:
If this is your kitty,she is a very beautiful,Tabby-girl,the only problem is,tabbies very often look alike.
I have a picture from a magazine,I would swear it's my Rocky,a Tabby-boy,but it's not because he's right here.
I hope you find the person who took the picture,so he can tell you where she was,but that means you'd have to come and see for yourself.
If she is in a colony they do not move around a lot,some rescuers might even be feeding them on a regular basis,and know her.
Good luck,she's a beauty:lovestruck:

June 12th, 2010, 07:28 AM
Yes, I contemplated calling every Terrio in the phone book for Ontario. I think you're right and that's the next step. Even though 'THE' Wilf Terrio was contacted directly by The Weather Network, he hasn't responded.

Oh absolutely, I would have to see her in person. I know her disposition well so if it's her, I'll recognize her meow and mannerisms.

A colony..interesting idea. Well if that's the case, at least she would have company and be quite happy which is good. My worry is that the affect of her shots will expire soon and she'll pick something up that harms her health, if she's surrounded by other felines.


June 12th, 2010, 11:33 AM
Hi Tundraqueeen - I pmed your message to TOAnnexGrl

Good luck TOAnnexGrl!

June 12th, 2010, 10:45 PM
Hi Tundraqueeen - I pmed your message to TOAnnexGrl

Good luck TOAnnexGrl!

Thanks Marko...I should of known to PM her instead of posting it public...sorry about that. :o

June 19th, 2010, 04:23 AM
Hi there:

First of all - CONGRATULATIONS on having a lead. My Scout has been missing for 4 weeks this Monday, and after over 3,000 posters (and I'm going out with more on the weekend), we have had no such leads. How exciting that you've seen her.

I can only imagine how frustrating it would be to know someone knows something about your pet, and they aren't responding. That would make me lose my mind.

He may well be a photographer who sells his photos - probably a freelancer. I would post "desperately seeking wilf terrio" ads on craigslist and kijiji (where people often look for photography gigs). I wouldn't post it as looking for your lost cat - but rather as looking for a specific photographer - that may get him to call you back. Just a thought!

GOOD LUCK... I hope we're both reunited with our furry friends soon!


July 3rd, 2010, 07:03 AM
I went to & searched for cat, Scarborough, Ontario,
and found several photos of cats taken in
Bluffer's Park, uploaded in October 2009 by "sammikens"

This cat looks similar, but not identical to WN photo I think -

There appear to be several living in that area, too!

If it's not your cat...

Keep trying various searches. I also searched Google.

His last name might be <b>Therriault</b> & shortened to
Terrio so people could pronounce it. If Terrio is his nickname,
he might still be listed on under Therriault!

I found an obit, but it's for a guy who
lived in AUGUSTA (Maine?). Pretty sure it's not
the guy still taking photos in TO.

<b>Wilfred T. "Wil T. Terrio" Therriault</b>

Published in Kennebec Journal on June 10, 2010

Though says photo was shot June 2, 2010, if he enhanced or cropped the photo, the software might assign it a new "Taken on" date.

Photo description "Spotted this cat in winter thought was lost, but found several domestic cats living wild. So beautiful , may he live long. Scarborough, Ontario Canada // Shot: June 2, 2010"

I did a site search on for Wilf Terrio.

He posted another photo, shot on June 19, 2010 in Toronto.

Since he takes photos & shares them,
I would also try photo sites like, (any other sites?)

He might also be on YouTube.

Best of luck!


July 3rd, 2010, 07:17 AM
The most recent photo shows Bluffers Park which is in the Scarborough Bluffs...maybe you could go see if you can see these cats there?

July 5th, 2010, 05:23 PM
There is a colony of Cats at the Scarborough was on tv this winter....TAS was giving their Keeper some grief, but it was sorted out in the end.....The man's name is Robert Brydges. They were also shown in a movie named Cat City by Justin Pimlott......maybe this will help you.

July 17th, 2010, 02:30 AM
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Best wishes.

:cat: :lovestruck: :dog: