AMBERLY ALERT: HELP US FIND A MISSING CAT!-UPDATE!

A FEW MINUTES AFTER I POSTED THIS I GOT A CALL FROM KATHERINE. SHE JUST HAD TO GO BACK AND LOOK FOR AMBERLY AGAIN AND SHE FOUND HER! AMBERLY WAS ACROSS THE STREET SHUT INSIDE A NEIGHBOR'S STORAGE AREA! HURRAH!

Now we just have to find a way to KEEP her inside!

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Last night I checked my email. I got a notice from Home Again, the microchip provider my rescue uses (we also use 24PetWatch). I get alerts about lost dogs and cats in my area and I'm signed up to be notified for any lost animal up to 50 miles from my home. For a few months I've been meaning to change my preferences to a smaller range. The thought was why see lost animal alerts if I'm too far away to do anything about it? Once I read the email, I was very glad I didn't change anything.

I opened the email. It read: “There's a Cat Missing In Your Area Named…” The name of the lost animal was too familiar. I looked at the photo showing a black cat with long fur and golden eyes. She's sitting on a bed. The bed is in my foster room. I took the photo. It was Amberly. MY AMBERLY and she was LOST!

AMBERLY poster FOUND.jpg
There's a link to download this flyer at the end of this post.

I felt like I got kicked in the chest. It was pure luck that I saw the notice about her being lost! First, I thought, why didn't the adopters call me to tell me she was lost? What happened? Then I realized that Amberly was registered to them, but my rescue wasn't listed as the Emergency Contact. There are a few cases where that is true with some of our first rescues. Now we are the ER contact for all our adopted animals. I was angry, sad, freaked out. Amberly was and is a very special cat. Her story, really Maria's story of rescuing this cat and her five kittens was one I will never forget. Amberly's transformation once she came here was amazing. She went from an emaciated mama to a filled out, gorgeous cat, ready to find her forever home. It was a great day when she and her son, Jack LiLac were adopted together. How quickly that joy turned to sorrow. (You can read more about her story here and here).

Mama.jpg
©2011 Maria S. The day Amberly was rescued.

I thought about Maria, who rescued Amberly and spent two days searching for her kittens. I knew that the thought of Amberly being lost and lost in Connecticut, not Georgia, where she was originally from, would make it even worse. It still gets very cold here at night. Amberly isn't used to being out in the cold. She would find somewhere warm, but there's a very busy road not far from where her home is located. There's also a tidal pond that reaches the Long Island Sound. At least there hasn't been any rain or snow, but with so many places to hide and dangerous traffic around every corner, it's not hard to fear for the worst if Amberly isn't found or comes home soon.

Amberly All Filled Out.jpg
©2011 Robin A.F. Olson. Looking stunning just hours before being adopted last November.

I called the family and got very few details. Amberly got out. They are looking everywhere. They're putting up flyers. I told them about FindToto but the owner sounded very panicked and said they couldn't afford it. She sounded very grim. Long gone was the cheerful, upbeat person I'd met a few months ago. I didn't push. I offered to help. I sent her a lot of info on how to find a lost cat. I included some tricks, like:

• Put food and water outside during the day
• Put some clothing outside that smells like you
• Sprinkle her cat litter near the door or put out her litter pan
• I told her I could get someone to put out a trap, but we should do it soon
• Call everyone in the area, put up flyers, talk to neighbors
  and look every place they could think of and look in weird places. 
  Odds are she wasn't too far from home-yet. But time was wasting. 
  The more they did now the better
• Call the Animal Control Officer. Call the local Vets. 
  Call the local cat rescues

I did some of the leg work for her and got her phone numbers and contact info. I posted the news everywhere online I could, then I emailed the local rescuers because we share a mailing list to get news about cats in need. I called my friend and cat-rescuing cohort, Katherine, from AID. She lives in Norwalk, CT, where Amberly had gone missing. I live about an hour away, so it made sense for Katherine to investigate. I offered to buy her French Toast or take another six kittens and their mama to foster if she could help. She didn't hesitate to jump in even though she is overloaded with other rescues.

Amberly Minding the Kids.jpg
©2011 Robin A.F. Olson. Jack LiLac (left), Amberly (center), Truffles (right)

It was only through Katherine that I got much information about Amberly. Apparently since the weather got a bit milder, Amberly has been trying to get outside. The family put a collar on her after she DID get out a few times, but each time she escaped she ran back inside the house after a minute. They did try to keep her away from the door. I don't know the details and I'm not going to criticize what they did or didn't do. However it happened, Monday night, Amberly took off out the front door, heading for some homes and the busy streets and that was the last anyone has seen of her.

The family has put up bright orange flyers and are canvasing the neighborhood. Katherine went there this afternoon and looked, but no luck. She offered to set a trap and the family declined. I don't know why. In a few days I hope they will reconsider. If Amberly isn't home by Saturday we have to put out a trap. I wish we had a few of those motion-sensor night vision wildlife cameras to loan them. Other than that, I'm not sure what more we can do other than to say here:

AMBERLY IS A DOMESTIC MEDIUM HAIRED BLACK CAT WITH LOVELY GOLDEN EYES. SHE IS FRIENDLY AND SMALL FOR HER AGE. SHE IS ABOUT A YEAR OLD. AMBERLY WAS LOST IN THE AREA OF BRANDFORD STREET IN NORWALK, CT. IF YOU SEE OR FIND AMBERLY, PLEASE CALL 1-888-466-3242 RIGHT AWAY.

YOU CAN VIEW & SHARE HER LOST FLYER HERE

If you live in or near NORWALK, CT or KNOW ANY RESCUES OR FRIENDS OR FAMILY WHO LIVE IN THE AREA, PLEASE SHARE THIS POST AND HELP US FIND AMBERLY!

Amberly, come home! We miss you!

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Comments

Radio Collar suggestion

http://www.thetopcatshop.com/cat-tracking-collars/


Check out radio locator collars for cats.  Some of the tracking devises will track multiple tags so they work for families with many cats.  Unlike a GPS locator, they will help to find cats trapped in or under a building, shed, garage.


One of these days I'll get one for my guys.. though I've managed to turn my 'wanderer' into an indoor kitty over the past year as an alternative.


Still, a cat determined to explore will get out and do so.. and I think these may be helpful for cats like that.

THANK YOU SO MUCH, DORIAN!

Oh Dorian, that's a great idea! Thank you for taking the time to give us that information. It's something I will keep in mind, as no doubt it will happen again. I think just as you were writing this, I was getting the call from Katherine that she FOUND Amberly-who was locked in the neighbors storage shed (or something ike that). I am so amazed that Amberly was found I can barely think... Anyway, thank you again for being so awesome! We love Your Daily Cute and all you do to help kitties in need! xo

Signs. Get a GOOGLE VOICE NUMBER

Robin, please tell them to register a google voice number. It is free. It will forward to any phone (or two phones in case one doesn't answer!). You can pick the number.

Even if it isn't your area code, it can be more memorable than a regular number when on a sign. Most people don't save numbers on signs. And if they see the cat, even 10 minutes later, chances of them going back to the sign are slim. And even if they did, she could be far away from where she was.

Find one that is like 212-LOST-CAT or 444-AMBERLY or 342-FIND-CAT. You get the point. They'll remember. Then even 3 days later, if they think they see her, they'll call. Because they know the number. Area code is irrelevant, but if it can be theirs, that's better. Either way, it's easier.

I did this for when we lost Stubbie. I also made a url www.findstubbie.com. It was just a stupid free blog page, but it had all her info and numbers and contact information. ANYTHING to help people remember how to contact if they see her. 

It worked.

Almost 6 months later, I still get about a call a month from different people who "just remembered" and wanted to see if we found her.

We did, by the way. :) Don't give up.

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