Mica and I were touched by a neighbor's plight after I saw flyers up all over Banker’s Hill with pictures of a beautiful cat with big aquamarine eyes, snuggled close in the partially visible, bare shoulders and arms of her owner.

In fact, as I told Mica, I knew immediately that I had met this cat without knowing her name, one sunny day passing by her yard.

She was a sleek and tawny brown, sitting with her back to me at the base of a tall palm. Surely an Abyssinian from that muscular back, I thought. She was staring upward at something thrashing around in its fronds. I followed her gaze upward, joining her attempt to find the source of the thrashing, likely one of the finches of which we have such an abundance in Banker's Hill—unless something more exciting—we do have chattering green and red parrots swoop through on escape from the zoo, or a day trip away from their digs in Balboa Park trees.

But then, something stopped me from speculating further about birds; this superb feline had turned around to look at me now, and what a looker! Besides the aforementioned sleek brown coat, gleaming in the sun, she had these startling, Caribbean water eyes, making me think of palm trees and tawny sand, and fruity drinks on the shore of some sun-baked island.

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The palette of a vacation, in a compact little cat! Certainly, a cat-lover’s cat; a cat who commands notice. I made inquisitive little chuffing noises to her, but she was alas, too busy focusing on whatever continued to thrash around in the upper reaches of the palm, so I wished her good luck on the hunt, and passed on my way.

After I related this tale to Mica, he wrinkled his nose. ‘Well, obviously you are going to call her, then!’ he snorted. But what can I do? I wondered. ‘Why, blog her, of course! Put her picture up for everyone to see!’ Genius, of course. I called Victoria from the number on the flyer, and she agreed that it was worth a try.

Jessie the cat is so beautiful, so striking in appearance, that it is entirely possible someone snatched her up and took her home to love. But Victoria has been left behind to mourn the absence of her closest companion, and the two need to be reunited.

It should be stated firmly that no questions will be asked, and that a reward has been offered.

Mica and I decided that Victoria’s words asking for Jessie’s return should be left intact:

"I bought Jessie in 1996, in Boston, where I was finishing college. We were pals instantly. She is so special to me. She witnessed all my changes, from 25 years old on. In sad times she was there to comfort me, and we all go through heartbreak and loss in those growing years.

We flew out together to San Diego in 2003. A new start for both of us. We've lived happily in this neighborhood for nearly 6 years. I never thought she'd disappear like this. I am literally missing part of myself. The sound of my keys coming down the path would make her leap to the door. I couldn't open a can with out her twisting herself in my legs. And every night and morning she would jump up, press against me and flop down against my neck so we could cuddle tightly in bed.

I should be be so happy right now, planning my wedding, but I feel something is missing and I just can't feel joy. I feel like I should suffer as she must be suffering, wondering why I haven't come for her.

I truly appreciate anything anyone can report about her being missing. She's been gone since sunday feb 28th, 8.30pm. Life just doesn't seem the same."

Update!

I have removed contact information because there is no longer a need.

Jessie the cat is home!

Thanks to the direct efforts of our pal antigeekess, otherwise known as the fabulous AG, Victoria and Jessie are now catching up, loving on each other, and enjoying some treats in the kitchen. No doubt Jessie will curl up fast in Victoria's arms tonight, safe again home.

Victoria will write in herself once she can tear herself from Jessie, but would immediately love to thank AG for her smart search tactics that led to the lady who had been prepping Jessie for adoption.

I told you this was a special, lovely, aquamarine-eyed cat! I knew someone would have had to pick her up and want to love her, or take her to safety. Who knows how far she wandered; details are still sketchy, but the important part is, she's back.

I'm proud of AG, thankful to everyone who contributed to the blog, and to the cat community out there of folk who keep their ears perked and eyes opened.

xoxoxo SD

Update:

A couple of days ago, I sat down over a cup of good organic French roast with Victoria at our local café in Banker’s Hill. (Formerly “Café Mundo and now Banker’s Hill Pizza, it sells delicious, freshly made to order pizzas as well as organic free trade coffee at better prices than your average block away corporate monster). She arrived with a large bunch of assorted yellow and white blooms I wish I could have shared with AG, and which Mica craves so keenly that we have to keep the vase in the bedroom with the door shut. They were temporarily on the dining room table, and Mica is still performing kitten reconnaissance missions to try and locate them, thinking something might remain on the table. He is in fact so obsessed that I might have to give them away. Most flowers and plants are poisonous to housecats; I don’t know how outdoor cats survive—perhaps because they graze on grass for their tummies, they just ignore the other plants and blooms in the garden? Indoor cats are micro-obsessed with everything in their environment, and mark small changes with the attention of an autistic with a ritual to finish. By the way, there are useful Web sites listing all of the plants that are poisonous to cats, and I tell you, the list is dizzying—even pothos, so I keep them well-trimmed and hanging high.

Victoria took me back to see Jessie, and what a love she is! She stood on the tabletop, a tiny cat doll, all tawny warm brown, stepping quickly on her dainty high-arched feet. Quite the little lady, she happily lapped up whispery shreds of bonito flakes from my fingers and palms, between sessions of rubbing her little ewok face all over mine with ardent kisses. This cat is the most loverly I have ever the pleasure to rub cheeks with! Having seen her once before, I knew she was special, but not how enthusiastic would be her physical expressions of love for humans. No wonder Victoria was bereft without her! Looking into Jessie’s clear green eyes, I saw such a friendly light; it seemed to say that she knew how lucky she was to be home, and that she wasn’t going to let it go unappreciated.

I wanted to give a bit of a happy ending to Jessie’s adventure, but also record here some of the details that have taught me, Victoria, and AG not only something about finding lost pets, but what to do if you find a pet yourself, as well as what may or may not happen once someone picks up your pet who has wandered too far from home:

  1. Though the blog was a good idea, the most important factor in Jessie’s return was the chain of emails AG sent out to all of the rescue and adoption organizations she could google. Even if one does not have a blog site, and a link to provide, an email with the necessary information, a picture and description of the animal, also with an attachment, would be fine. The important thing is to get a description of the animal and the most important information about him/her out there and traveling on the Internet. Neighborhood flyers are important, but they should take second place on the task list to getting these emails out.

  2. If you find a lost pet, don’t just take matters into your own hands and decide on a course of action without first doing a thorough search of the neighborhood in which you found the animal—for flyers. In Jessie’s case, the woman who picked her up somehow did not see the flyers posted all over the place—there were at least two on telephone poles in the very block where her office is located, and where she found Jessie. Her office is only about a block and a half from Jessie’s home! All of the nights Victoria spent searching and calling for Jessie in that area were for naught—perhaps because the lady locked Jessie inside—we aren’t sure if she kept her at the office before taking her home.

  3. If you do find an animal, take her to a vet or shelter as close as possible to where you found her. Jessie’s lady took her all the way to La Mesa to her own vet, a move which nearly sealed Jessie’s fate of re-adoption, of which Victoria would not have easily learned, as everyone would assume a local vet or shelter would be consulted by the finder of the lost animal.

If all of this sounds a bit critical of the lady who found Jessie, it is solely for the purpose of our learning from what happened, what was successful, and what was nearly not, and why. Jessie was one day away from being put up for adoption when she was found, and who knows what could have happened if we hadn’t gotten to her in time—her new “owners” might have refused to give her up. The only other thing I can think of is that there should have been more emphasis on the fact that Jessie’s age may not be apparent, and how very tiny she is—this is a physical feature that, along with other aspects of her purebred status, sets her apart from many other cats likely to be at a shelter.

I feel I’ve learned quite a bit from this whole experience, and would like to thank AG for her invaluable lesson on the importance of inquiring at all of the local shelters and organizations one can find listed.

Comments

SDaniels March 10, 2010 @ 2:11 p.m.

Spread the word, y'all! If you know anyone in Banker's Hill, give them a call or better--email them the link-- and ask them to look at this blog. Hopefully someone has seen her, or someone who took her to love has a crisis of conscience, and will decide to bring her home. No questions asked, and as stated, a reward.

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CuddleFish March 10, 2010 @ 3:08 p.m.

Victoria, what a terrible thing to happen, I am so so sorry! From your description and the picture, she seems like a treasure and a wonderful and loving companion.

Jessie, please find your way home soon, whether you went on your own or someone took you against your will. You are so beautiful it wouldn't surprise me if you were involuntarily re-homed.

Daniels and Mica, thanks so much for helping Victoria and Jessie. Putting this message in the Reader in front of a vast audience should help. I wish you all luck and my prayers for a good outcome.

All the best from Mongoose, Templeton, Cookie Dough, Cutie Pie, TieDyed.

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nan shartel March 10, 2010 @ 3:12 p.m.

so then is Jessie 14 years old or am i confused??

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MsGrant March 10, 2010 @ 7:49 p.m.

Victoria, my heart goes out to you. Please continue to search for your precious Jessie. Check the lost and found ads in the paper. Post a lost pet ad. Put flyers in all the local vets offices. Sometimes, if someone has found a pet, they take it to the vet, and if there is a flyer, they realize the cat was someone's pet and not a stray. Ask local vets if anyone has brought a cat in recently matching Jessie's description. Call animal control and report her missing and give them her description. And please search at night. Cats, if spooked, will hide for weeks sometimes. Call her name, shake a canister of food. I'm sure you are doing these things, I just want to suggest everything possible.

I hope you find your beautiful pet. I will let everyone I know who lives in the area to look for her and to call me if they see her. I may even go looking myself.

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antigeekess March 10, 2010 @ 9:36 p.m.

Yes, it seems that Jessie is 14, nan.

Okay, Pike's not around to do the Craigslist posting, so I covered it: http://sandiego.craigslist.org/csd/laf/1638541776.html

Don't forget to post your ad here on the Reader: http://sandiego.sandiegoreader.com/LostAndFound/

The Lost Pets section at SanDiego.com: http://sandiego.ca.kaango.com/feListAds?search=&listtype=1&fq=categoryid%3A%22729%22&cat=699

CityBeat's classifieds: http://www.sdcitylist.com/

(You might want to double post in both Lost/Found and the Pets section, if you can get away with it.)

Emailed Feral Cat Coalition, FOCAS, both locations of the San Diego Humane Society, AdoptaPet, Rescue House, Friends of Cats, and Cat Adoption Service. Those are all from the first page that came up when I Googled keywords Cat Rescue San Diego: http://www.google.com/#hl=en&q=cat+rescue+san+diego&aq=f&aqi=&aql=&oq=cat+rescue+san+diego&fp=3d121c88310e67e3

Here is San Diego County's online Lost & Found for pets: http://www.sddac.com/lostandfound.asp

And the cats up for adoption (there more than 4 days): http://www.sddac.com/shelter_list.asp

(I would check both pages every day. You never know when she might turn up.)

Here's a flyer you can print off. I like the fact that it has the tear-off phone numbers on the bottom.
http://www.sddac.com/lostandfound/lostposter.pdf

I also found other Lost Pets networks where you can register or post an ad: http://www.lostpetusa.net/register-newaccount.php http://www.missingpet.net/ http://www.missingpets.com/ http://www.flealess.org/lostpets/california.html

This site seems to have a lot of info on Pet Detectives, and even the use of bloodhounds to locate lost pets: http://www.missingpetpartnership.org/

More tips and advice, particularly for finding cats: http://www.catsinthebag.org/

That should be enough to get you started, Victoria (or anyone else who wants to look at the links, post, and help).

Good luck to you. Keep looking. Lost cats can turn up MONTHS or even YEARS later, sometimes. Well, more than sometimes...

http://www.birminghammail.net/news/top-stories/2008/09/11/dixie-the-cat-returns-home-after-nine-years-97319-21795361/

http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/287499

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,450750,00.html

http://www.pawnation.com/2010/02/12/missing-cat-returns-after-14-years/

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SDaniels March 10, 2010 @ 10:12 p.m.

Oh my gosh, thanks you guys! AG, priceless--I think she already posted a craigslist ad, but another certainly cannot hurt!

And Grant, I think Victoria has done most of these things, from what I understood talking to her on the phone, but you never know--there may be a couple of things she hasn't thought of. One thing I can say is that this is an owner who is motivated about finding her baby, and it inspired me to do the blog--as did actually having seen this amazing cat one day.

I agree with Cuddle that this is a girl who could definitely have been "rehomed," to use her polite term. Actually, I think that is the hope, right? But that also these folk will see one of the signs and bring her back.

I've lost a baby before too--it just isn't fair or right that they wander away or are taken from us. Mica is totally safe indoors, but I do feel guilty about denying him the chance to climb trees and roll around in the dirt or on the grass. It's a fact that this world is not compatible with the safety of domesticated animals. Ah well...anyway, thanks to all xoxox

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MsGrant March 10, 2010 @ 10:29 p.m.

One more thing - being that Jessie is a pure-bred, look in the cats for sale ads.

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antigeekess March 12, 2010 @ 7:08 a.m.

My pleasure, Daniels. But if it hadn't been for your blog, I'd never have known anything about it, sitting way up here in NorCal.

Nice work, you.

:)

Cuddle, nan, Grant, she's HOME!

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CuddleFish March 12, 2010 @ 7:31 a.m.

BLESS HER PAWS!!!!! Oh this is the best news ever!!!

Gosh, I can't hardly read what I'm typing through my tears, but thanks for letting me know!!!!

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CuddleFish March 12, 2010 @ 7:38 a.m.

And yes, Daniels, thank you for taking an interest in Jessie, all the energy you directed in bringing her home. :)

What a happy wonderful day when one little beast is saved!

All things bright and beautiful, All creatures great and small, All things wise and wonderful, The Lord God made them all.

Lily, the stray who I trapped yesterday, is crying pitifully in my bathroom at the moment, I will snap a pic of her and post it, maybe someone will adopt her. She's beautiful, sweet, loving. I hope she finds a good home.

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MsGrant March 12, 2010 @ 8:27 a.m.

What great news!! Victoria and Jessie are reunited!! YAAAYYY!!

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SDaniels March 12, 2010 @ 9:30 p.m.

Yes, I can hardly believe it myself! I added comments up above in the space of the story. Thanks to AG, who said "If we shake enough trees, an Abyssinian might fall out!" --Jessie was reunited with her owner.

I am going to remember that tree-shaking business, and apply it to a range of situations in life!

Going to have coffee with Victoria tomorrow, and will pass along all of your good wishes--she will thank everyone personally here. :)

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CuddleFish March 12, 2010 @ 10:02 p.m.

"Victoria will write in herself once she can tear herself from Jessie, but would immediately love to thank AG for her smart search tactics that led to the lady who had been prepping Jessie for adoption."

Antigeekess, wow, you did this thing! You reunited Victoria and Jessie, that is wonderful! Congratulations.

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antigeekess March 13, 2010 @ 5:47 p.m.

Thanks, Cuddle. But it certainly wasn't just me. It "took a village," so to speak.

From Victoria's flyers on Banker's Hill, to SD's blog here on the net, to my emails from the San Francisco area which went:

  1. To MaryAnne, who now lives in BOSTON (same city Victoria and Jessie were FROM) but still handles that particular SD cat rescue's online email after moving from there, to...

  2. The local intake person for the cats in SD, to...

  3. A 3rd person (I don't know who this one was) to...

  4. Lyn, the lady who had Jessie in foster care, preparing her for adoption.

Jessie and Victoria were reunited in a little under 24 hours after the emails went out.
Cat Ladies ROCK the Net! :D

THIS is what the internet is for, in my opinion, and what I hope folks take away from the story. It's the most important technological advance of our generation, and the most powerful and far-reaching instantaneous communication tool ever invented. It's not for porn, it's not for exploiting other people for as much money as you can con them out of, and it's not for slinging s*** at our fellow humans on message boards.

I don't care WHAT it is you've lost and/or are looking for, somebody out there -- somebody who can be reached via the internet -- can help you find it. Maybe not the first person you reach, but somebody they know, or somebody They know, or somebody THEY know. Get that ball rolling toward your solution person. There probably aren't as many degrees of separation between you and them as you think!

Ya just gotta shake enough trees, and whether it's apples or Abyssinians, there's a good chance something will fall out eventually.

:)

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CuddleFish March 13, 2010 @ 6:16 p.m.

The Internet can be a force for good, a little evil or a lot evil, and much fun, but I think overwhelmingly a force for the betterment of mankind.

Hooray for the Internet village and the cat ladies who dwell there!

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MsGrant March 13, 2010 @ 7:59 p.m.

Anti and SD, your thoughtful and well-researched contributions saved someone a lifetime of grief. Victoria was planning her wedding grieving for her baby. I could not imagine her pain of trying to participate in planning a happy event knowing that her FAMILY was missing. Because that is what pets become. Hearing her story of how this kitty traveled with her through her life's events tore at my heart and there is no way that someone who does not have a lifelong pet companion could understand. She can move forward with her wedding plans now with the happiness she deserves. I cannot give you both enough props. Hikarat hatov.

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Duhbya March 14, 2010 @ 11:09 a.m.

SD: What an amazing and gratifying sketch. No doubt the flyers being printed in all CAPS helped immensely {;>). Props to AG for her expert assistance. Nice work, team! This reminded me of a fellow I roomed with years ago. Leo was quite the ladies man and carried himself with the regal bearing that his name implied. Turns out he was an absolute homer, too. Circumstances forced us (myself, 3 felines and 2 pooches) to relocate from Bay Park, on the edge of Tecolote Canyon, to a secluded pocket of homes just above 805 near Home Avenue and 43rd St. We had been there about two weeks when I noticed that Leo was missing. I scoured the neighborhood, put signs up, and longed for his return, each day becoming more resigned to the considerable uncertainty of his fate. Three months later, my ex-next door neighbor and friend Rory from Bay Park called to tell me that she and her husband had been seeing a cat lurking about that they were sure was Leo. With a heaping load of skepticism in tow, I drove back to the old hood and could not believe my eyes when the gritty gadabout sauntered out of some bushes to greet me in their driveway. Despite the fact that he had presumably negotiated 2 freeways and countless canine-infested canyons on his 10 mile journey, he was in astoundingly great shape, perhaps a pound lighter. I thanked Rory and Larry profusely and headed back to East SD to re-unite the "family". Two weeks later he disappeared again, this time for good. All puddies since then have been kept indoors. Again, uplifting story, SD & AG!

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SDaniels March 15, 2010 @ 12:23 a.m.

Well, AG beat me to the summary of search tactics. I would like to add that MsGrant's suggestions early on in the thread bear repeating:

"Check the lost and found ads in the paper.

Post a lost pet ad.

Put flyers in all the local vets offices:

Sometimes, if someone has found a pet, they take it to the vet, and if there is a flyer, they realize the cat was someone's pet and not a stray.

Ask local vets if anyone has brought a cat in recently matching her description.

Call animal control and report her missing and give them her description.

And please search at night:

Cats, if spooked, will hide for weeks sometimes. Call her name, shake a canister of food.

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SDaniels March 15, 2010 @ 12:27 a.m.

re: #18: Duhbya, Leo's story sounds like the original for "The Incredible Journey," with two pooches and a Himalayan. :) Amazing indeed! You usually hear about dogs making these arduous journeys. One reason I think cats are less likely to do so is that their senses are so delicate that they are constantly processing large amounts of aural and olfactory information--so much that they don't have time for much else. Of course, if I am wrong, let me know, peeps :)

So I will add a few things about Jessie's situation that may help to put the search in an important general perspective--forthcoming, added above to blog entry content.

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nan shartel March 15, 2010 @ 6 p.m.

OMG!!!!!!

that cat knew what side her tuna was mayonnaised on!!!!!

the prodigal daughter has returned!!!

er um ...baby kitties in 9 weeks????

that hussy!!!

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victoriawilkins March 15, 2010 @ 7:41 p.m.

Dear readers

Where do I begin… It’s hard to describe the unbelievable ride that my cat Jessie and I have been through the past 3 weeks. I found incredible support from complete strangers, including many of the readers of this blog. So many prayers, suggestions, and words of hope. When she went missing, I did everything I could think of to get the word out that she was gone. I cried so much, I couldn’t stop. I can’t describe the dark place I was in. My poor family and friends had to suffer watching me go through this. Jessie had been my friend and comfort through the good times and the bad for nearly 14 years. Life was horrible not knowing what had become of her. I tortured me, I could not sleep. She was found by an office worker 2 blocks away, who handed her over to a veterinary hospital 20 miles away, then a cat rescue league took her so she could be adopted out. I can’t believe I was a day away from never finding her again. Through a reader of this blog, and incredible email trail began that jogged someone’s memory at the rescue house. I got that amazing call and she was returned to me. I have been overwhelmed with joy. The world is sunny again. Thank you all so much for your kind words of support and encouragement and any help you extended in her recovery. I did not expect this from people I did not know. It’s a miracle. Victoria and Jessie

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CuddleFish March 15, 2010 @ 8:01 p.m.

It's wonderful to know that you have been reunited with your kitty, Victoria, bless Jessie's paws, and many happy years to the both of you.

Again, thanks to SDaniels, who brought this situation to the Reader community's attention, and antigeekess whose work led to the cat being found and returned to her owner. You cat ladies are the best! :)

Mongoose, TieDyed, CookieDough, CutiePie, and Templeton are very glad that Jessie is home.

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SDaniels March 15, 2010 @ 10:44 p.m.

Ditto, CF! And Victoria, if there is anything you'd like me to add to the last update, let me know.

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MsGrant March 16, 2010 @ 7:58 a.m.

With your permission, I would like to print this story and put it on the bulletin board at the Humane Society. The board is full of great stories about animals, and I know people would love this.

Victoria, I just am so happy you found Jessie, and can move forward with your plans without any pain in your heart. SD and Anti, I think a pet detective business is in your future. This was simply amazing.

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antigeekess March 16, 2010 @ 10:45 a.m.

Re #25: Ya know, Grant, I've thought about that in the past. :) I can't imagine a more gratifying business to be in, but I also really can't imagine charging anyone for it.

As for my part in this chain of events, I didn't do anything that someone couldn't do for themselves: Simply go to Dogpile (a search engine that donates to pet charities) or Google, and put in keywords "Cat" (or Dog) "Rescue" and Your City. Then start working the list of links that comes up. Emails first, and then if you don't get quick results, start dialing the phone. That wasn't even necessary in this case.

In addition, of course, you want to check all of the county animal shelters on a daily basis. San Diego's are available to check online. I would also physically go down there with a flyer in hand, and make sure I spoke to every intake person who processes animals brought in, give them each a flyer and post it on their bulletin board, if they have one.

After that, I'd call and/or visit every nearby vet you can get to with that flyer, talk to them and/or their receptionist, and place it on their bulletin board as well, if they have one. (In Jessie's case, however, this vet was MUCH farther away than we would have expected.)

In the case of cats in particular, there are usually multiple rescue organizations in a city of any size. I happened to know this already about San Diego from research on animal orgs that I did while I was down there. There are even rescue orgs for specific BREEDS of both cats and dogs. For example, here's one for Bulldogs in San Diego:
http://www.sdbr.org/

And a list of Golden Retriever rescues in every state: http://www.absolutelygolden.com/rescue.htm

SoCal Siamese Rescue: http://cs.siameserescue.org/

Check out this great list of multiple rescue orgs: http://www.pgaa.com/california.html

And a Breed Rescue list: http://fanciers.com/commercial-sites-for-cats/animal-welfare-feline-rescue-and-shelters

(Cont.)

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antigeekess March 16, 2010 @ 10:46 a.m.

Seeking a pet using the internet can EASILY be a fulltime job. My advice would be to take as many days off work as is feasible, get yourself a pot of coffee, sit down at your pute with your phone next to it, and get to work. Enlist the aid of anyone and everyone who might be sympathetic to your cause, including rescue orgs, county shelters, veterinarians, and local clubs for pet enthusiasts (breed specific or not). Heck, enlist the aid of the HOMELESS in your area, offering them a handsome reward.

(I personally believe that the top line of any flyer should be the word "REWARD" in font as big as possible, and that the amount should be as much as you can afford.)

Don't forget to place a LOST ad in EVERY local newspaper, both their online and print editions, and keep it current. Also check the FOUND listings on a daily basis.

And, as in this case, find a spot on the internet to park a blog flyer with GREAT pictures that your emails can link to. Daniels' blog played an invaluable role in all of this, not only because of the pics posted, but because her excellent description of the cat herself and the words of the distraught owner bring them to life for the reader and draw everyone to want to help.

Big kudos go out to Rescue House, the org that had Jessie. In less than 24 hours, that email whipped along through at least 4 members of that organization. Those cat ladies were on the ball!

http://www.rescuehouse.org/

Perhaps consider a donation in Jessie's name, if you can. :)

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antigeekess March 16, 2010 @ 11:09 a.m.

One more thing. I just noticed, while looking at how to make a donation to Rescue House, that they have a great option right here:

http://www.igive.com/welcome/warmwelcome.cfm?c=23463

It's through something called the "iGive" network. Apparently, it includes LOTS of places where we all shop already, including eBay, Home Depot, Office Depot, Drugstore.com, Amazon, and on and on. You just have to register. I'm doing that riiiiiight now....

Wow. This is all pretty cool. http://www.igive.com/welcome/registrationintro.cfm

Aaand I just went through their page to Amazon & threw a couple of books I've been wanting into my cart.

EasyBreezyLemonPeasy.

;)

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Russ Lewis March 16, 2010 @ 11:28 a.m.

Hmmm...interesting place; never heard of it. Thanks for the tip, AG.

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CuddleFish March 16, 2010 @ 12:11 p.m.

Thanks for all this information, AG, amazing, you go, girl!

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MsGrant March 16, 2010 @ 7:03 p.m.

"Ya know, Grant, I've thought about that in the past. :) I can't imagine a more gratifying business to be in, but I also really can't imagine charging anyone for it."

"Seeking a pet using the internet can EASILY be a fulltime job. My advice would be to take as many days off work as is feasible, get yourself a pot of coffee, sit down at your pute with your phone next to it, and get to work."

Don't you see, Anti? What would be an overwhelming task for most comes easily to you. You are a natural for this. If one of mine went missing, you would be the first person I would call and I would pay you whatever you asked.

The Rescue House is great. For years I had an autopay to them through Pay-Pals, and when the card expired for some reason I could not renew. They are a terrific organization. I will send a donation in Jessie's name.

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David Dodd March 16, 2010 @ 7:13 p.m.

It's interesting to consider a pet rescue company as a business model. Certainly gratifying, a really cool thing to do, serves the community, but the business relies on pet owners becoming seperated from the pets. It's like the Ghostbusters thing, the better you do your job, the poorer you get!

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MsGrant March 16, 2010 @ 7:38 p.m.

But what I see is in this instance, Jessie was ready to be adopted out to strangers after being with Victoria for 14 years. How many pets have gone on to other homes while their original owners grieved for them for years? What could have been avoided if there were people like Anti and SD out there running a business that did the research to see if their pet was actually a "rescue"? Most people assume the worst. I have a feeling the reality is someone scoops up your kitty thinking it is a stray and the chain of events begins. I never thought of all the resources Anti provided, but I will in the future if anyone I know has a missing pet.

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SDaniels March 17, 2010 @ 5 p.m.

re: #25:

"With your permission, I would like to print this story and put it on the bulletin board at the Humane Society."

By all means, Grant! Do it! :)

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SDaniels March 17, 2010 @ 6:12 p.m.

Gringo speculated @32:

"It's like the Ghostbusters thing, the better you do your job, the poorer you get!"

I don't agree, dear. Unfort, there are lost pets aplenty, always work to do.

Grant @31:

I completely agree. AG, have been considering the possibilities, and they seem boundless--this seems like an amazing opportunity, and a way to reestablish yourself in San Diego--or the city of your choice...

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MsGrant March 17, 2010 @ 6:18 p.m.

I volunteer my house as headquarters. I finally resigned from my dreadful job today!!

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antigeekess March 17, 2010 @ 6:36 p.m.

"I volunteer my house as headquarters. I finally resigned from my dreadful job today!!"

I thought you did that a couple months ago?

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antigeekess March 17, 2010 @ 6:39 p.m.

Re #35: Sooooo many reasons not to try that.

(Not being completely insane or independently wealthy right at the top.)

:)

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David Dodd March 17, 2010 @ 7:04 p.m.

Ms. Grant, congratulations, and welcome to the world of the poor struggling writer, population me and soon to be you! ;) But in all seriousness, I'm happy for you lots, and if you can make it without the extra income, it's awesome. When you get to a point where you want to look to publish any fiction, I'm happy to provide lots of helpful info on places that'll do it. Of course, you have to get past their slushpile first.

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MsGrant March 17, 2010 @ 8:09 p.m.

Anti, I kept getting business and that is really hard to walk away from. Today it just came to a head, and I walked. My offer stands. Sometimes life hands you lemons......

Refried, THANK YOU SO MUCH!! I need people like you, because everyone but my closest friends want to tear me down. No one wants to hear about someone who had the ability to say "take this job and shove it", but I did and I refuse to apologise for it. After the dust settles, I intend on taking you up on your offer.

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quillpena March 17, 2010 @ 9:03 p.m.

I'm happy that Jessie and Victoria are together again. Very nice writing, SD.

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antigeekess March 18, 2010 @ 5:50 p.m.

Maybe we can do something at some point, Grantie. Look what I just found for further study.

http://www.amberalertforpets.com/

Got an email this morning from Lyn, Jessie's foster momma during her time with Rescue House. Evidently, Jessie (who Lyn was calling "Sienna,") so bewitched Lyn that she slept on the TILE FLOOR next to Jessie at night so that Jessie wouldn't be alone. That little cat's got some strong mojo going...

Anyway, I was speculating back at her about the idea of an "Amber Alert" for pets. Lo and behold, there is already such a thing. I'm not terribly surprised, really.

I'm not sure exactly what they do yet, or how well it's executed. Going back to the site to read more.

Anxious to know what you're going to do with yourself now. I actually thought you'd been on the lam since November.

:)

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antigeekess March 18, 2010 @ 6:02 p.m.

Interesting. Sandra Bullock's (possibly soon to be ex) husband Jesse James' dog Cinnabun is still listed on this site.

http://www.amberalertforpets.com/Arealostfound.htm?lf_type=lost&view=t&=t&state=ca

Holy Smokes! Jesse offered a $5000 reward! Wonder if he actually had to pay it to get her back?

(Gotta admit, she's the prettiest Pit Bull I've ever seen.)

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antigeekess March 18, 2010 @ 6:21 p.m.

Still researching pet finding services. Here are a couple of others. No idea what their real success ratio is like:

http://www.petamberalert.com/

http://helpmefindmypet.com/

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MsGrant March 18, 2010 @ 6:43 p.m.

Lyn sounds like a very caring person. Very interesting about the AmberAlert for pets. What a great idea!! Maybe I'll do some research about what it takes to open a local chapter. Could be our calling, anti......there are tons of lost pet flyers in my neighborhood. I actually wrote to the Beacon here about the situation and they published it.

I had been beating my head against the wall about work. Besides my job being really high-stress, there were other issues as well. Well, you would have been proud of me. Because I have zero intentions of ever going back into this line of work, when I tried to speak to our manager-in-name-only-moron about my concerns, he became hostile. I slammed the file I had in my hand onto my desk, looked him in the eye and said "f this s. I am out of here." Grabbed my photos and my nameplate, a couple of important documents, and that was that. As to what I am going to do now, your looking at it for the time being.

Now, will someone tell me why Sandra Bullock would put up with Jesse Jame's antics? The woman just won the Oscar!! Wouldn't you know if your husband was sleeping with another woman for 11 months? And why do these guys cheat on women like SANDRA BULLOCK?

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antigeekess March 18, 2010 @ 7:01 p.m.

"f this s. I am out of here."

LOL. Got a steamshovel handy? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ELhTDB...

Not sure if this was the same guy, or another dude with a similar attitude. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xIMcVx...

Gotta get me one of them things.

:)

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David Dodd March 18, 2010 @ 7:04 p.m.

The domain of petamberalert.com is regstered to someone in Brookly. It was purchased about five years ago. helpfindmypet.com is registered to a Stven Keely in Idaho. It was created in 2003. Both domains seem to be repurchased yearly.

Apparently, there is some money to be made, or they wouldn't be repurchasing the domain names every year.

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antigeekess March 18, 2010 @ 7:09 p.m.

Regarding the "Amber Alert" type businesses, I'd be interested in finding out what their REAL success ratio is. How many pets are found due to their direct efforts?

Here's what I'd do: I'd print off the home page of all these companies, head down to the county shelters and ask if they've ever even heard of them. I'd also contact all the rescue groups I mentioned before, and ask the same thing. Next, the veterinarians. These companies make it sound as if they alert all these entities. Find out if they actually do.

I'm betting they don't do anything that a pet owner can't do for themselves, just by following the many suggestions already in these comments.

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antigeekess March 18, 2010 @ 7:19 p.m.

Re #47: Yeah, I don't have any doubt that they make money. So do the dudes who email people about their issues in Nigeria.

What I'm wondering is, how effective are they at getting results?

THIS is what I wonder about.

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MsGrant March 18, 2010 @ 7:24 p.m.

I wanna back-hoe and a steam-shovel!! Oh, man, could you imagine? I love that song. It always makes me laugh.

Okay, with all the time I have, I'll look into these groups a little further. They probably also get a cut of any rewards as well. With all your knowledge, anti, you could start franchising your own company.

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antigeekess March 18, 2010 @ 7:38 p.m.

Aw, Cuddle, ya wanna take it to the Office? :)

Grant the gangsta: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eniw_S8JaJM

:)

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antigeekess March 18, 2010 @ 7:40 p.m.

Re #51: From what I can gather, they appear to be membership based, for a flat fee.

Nothing volunteers couldn't do better, I bet...

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David Dodd March 18, 2010 @ 7:54 p.m.

49: True, one never knows. The "helpmefind" site appears to be a business where one enrolls their pet and the owner waits for the pet to become lost. The "petamber" site is a reactive thing, they promise to make posters. What you guys did was a bit different, and likely to be a lot more successful. EXCEPT, you'd have to become that connected in a more regional way (maybe covering certain counties, like SD, LA, Orange). I can't imagine anyone having the staff to become that connected on a National level.

In other words, if you want to do it for charity, then ignore my babbling, but if you want to know if it's a viable business, research like crazy and develop a model. That's what I would do.

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CuddleFish March 18, 2010 @ 8:21 p.m.

By the way AG, that new little Mexican restaurant is open. I went in to ask about french fries, and do you know they washed, hand peeled two potatoes, fried them on the spot. Buck fifty. Gave me a sample of shrimp adobado, and a platano macho fried and served with sour cream. Free.

Their breakfast plate is two eggs, any style, including ranchera, beans, rice, bacon, tortillas, $3.99. We might check it out this weekend. The place is very clean, a bit disorganized yet, family operation. Can't vouch for the food's taste, but it's awfully fresh so far!

The place is called El Rinconcito. 2941 National Avenue.

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SDaniels March 19, 2010 @ 2:41 p.m.

refried, thanks for the handy suggestions,

"The "helpmefind" site appears to be a business where one enrolls their pet and the owner waits for the pet to become lost."

Hmmm, interesting. Not sure why they'd pay and register before it actually happens. Don't see that being too popular!

AG: What gives with the negative 'tude about a business for finding lost pets? As Victoria can attest, and I can attest from a past experience, when you are in that state of panic, you simply cannot think clealry enough to do the systematic calls and searches it takes. Many clients would on top of that be too busy to do it. Whatever it involves, they aren't going to care to learn the details so much. They want to cut you a check and you bring Fido or Sassy home. Right? :)

And what's this about you and Grantie going in--what happened to my partner? ;(

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SDaniels March 19, 2010 @ 2:44 p.m.

Grant, I remember when you made the prelim decision to leave, and gave them your notice. Now you are truly, truly free?

Congrats! We are going to have to have that drink sooner rather than later to celebrate, girl!

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SDaniels March 19, 2010 @ 2:45 p.m.

re #41:

Hey, thanks quill-p! Nice to see you around the 'hood ;)

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MsGrant March 19, 2010 @ 3:21 p.m.

Yes, that was my thinking as well that most pet-owners are too distraught to even think about all the services and leads available to them, and most would be unaware of their existance. If you ladies want to start a pet detective service, I am all for it.

I rescinded my notice (like a fool) and continued to work, thinking things would get better (the definition of insanity, anyone?) and instead quit in a blaze of "take this job and shove it" glory.

I am free, free, free. Just went for a walk with a friend, and am now staring out the window, admiring the buff tree service guy trimming our palm. Drinks? Did you say drinks? When? We really must do this.

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CuddleFish March 19, 2010 @ 3:28 p.m.

Ooooh, buff tree service guy????

Girl, scoot over, I'll bring the binoculars and camera!!!

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MsGrant March 19, 2010 @ 3:38 p.m.

Ha, ha! I actually took a picture before you sent that! I'll post it later.

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MsGrant March 19, 2010 @ 4:10 p.m.

Not to get off subject, but I went out front and looked up and it just looked like a good photo-op. It's such a beautiful day and the sky is so blue. This tree is a least thirty feet tall.

http://i747.photobucket.com/albums/xx120/PickleCat01/Kitties061.jpg

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SDaniels March 19, 2010 @ 11:19 p.m.

Wow! That tree looks pretty well trimmed, and so does the guy.

"Drinks? Did you say drinks? When? We really must do this."

Meetcha on email for details.

Good for you re: ditching the job! Get yourself a bottle of decent wine and some chocolate, or a variety of decadent cheeses and crusty baguette (Bread & Cie), and watch the "Office Space," which you haven't seen in a very long time. ;)

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MsGrant March 20, 2010 @ 8:24 a.m.

Okay, this is from a colleague who writes a brilliant blog called "escrowsucks". For those of you who may not know, I was an escrow officer for years, a job that requires the ability to deal with unbearable amounts of stress placed on you by idiots. This guy sums it up perfectly. Attached is an actual voicemail he received from a client. Mind you, I used to get these messages (especially before holidays) from - insert any idiot involved in the transaction except escrow - on a daily basis. Listen and laugh and realize that this is an honest-to-god real recording. You will also have a better understanding of why I finally said "f this s"!

http://wp.me/pJAQJ-1k

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CuddleFish March 20, 2010 @ 10:39 a.m.

Awwwwww, well, I can't imagine what it would be like to hear this, though I do know what it's like to be under this kind of stress.

I have been having to deal with my grandmother's Social Security issues for a few months now, and it has not been pleasant. In order to become her representative payee, I have gotten wrong information on the phone, which I didn't find out until I got to the office and waited, then went to her doctor's office, then to the Social Security office again, then waited for a letter, then as advised by the office coming to the office again with the letter and her Social Security check, which they were supposed to take the check and reissue another check in my name as her payee, but then the office says no, this letter is just a letter before the actual letter, I got so frustrated I just got up and left the office, I left the letter, check, and told the girl to do whatever she wanted with it. Gawd, it was Social Security who told me that I had to do this, they are just making it incredibly hard to do.

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MsGrant March 20, 2010 @ 11:44 a.m.

Government beauracracy is a whoooole 'nuther can of worms. You have my sympathy.

The difference with my job is that these kinds of calls typically accompanied some reference to how we were interfering with their (take your pick): vacation, taking kids to soccer practice, hair or nail appointment, or their work. I heard this constantly when agents and loan brokers were screaming at me to get their clients into my office to sign -

Me: Hello, Mrs. Buyer. I need you to come in today to sign, as I just received your loan documents that expire tomorrow.

Mrs. Buyer: Why did you just get them today (dripping with thinly veiled hostility)?

Me: I don't know, I am not the lender. Would you please call your husband and make arrangements? I cannot get all the processing done after you sign and get them back via Federal Express to your lender in Texas if you do not sign by 3:00 today.

Mrs. Buyer: TODAY? I can't possibly come in today at 3:00. I WORK!!! What time are you open until?

Me: 5:00 p.m.

Mrs. Buyer: We can be there at 6:00 and no sooner.

Ad nauseum X 1,000 for years and years.

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SDaniels March 20, 2010 @ 2:10 p.m.

re: #64:

Geez! And now I can't SIIIIIGGGGNNN!!!!!!! Wow! That should be the rejoinder of the year--I'm just gonna hafta co-opt that one myself:

What's wrong, SD?

And now I can't SIIIIIGGGGNNN!!!!!!!

How was your day?

And now I can't SIIIIIGGGGNNN!!!!!!!

How did grading papers go today?

And now I can't SIIIIIGGGGNNN!!!!!!!

Very good. M'am, would you like an olive or lemon twist with that?

And now I can't SIIIIIGGGGNNN!!!!!!! Oh. Wait! Yeah, can I have two olives?

;)

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SDaniels March 20, 2010 @ 2:15 p.m.

re: #65,66:

My sympathies with both of you. A pox on mean people and bureaucractic bulls***. Screaming at someone whose fault it may not be is not acceptable. That said:

And now I can't SIIIIIGGGGNNN!!!!!!!

;)

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MsGrant March 20, 2010 @ 2:44 p.m.

Can you believe how I spelled bureaucracy?

And now I can't SIIIIIGGGGNNN!!!!!!!

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SDaniels March 20, 2010 @ 11:18 p.m.

TODAY? I can't possibly come in today at 3:00. I WORK!!! You should learn to spell "bureaucracy," cause that's what you are!

And now I can't SIIIIIGGGGNNN!!!!!!!

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antigeekess April 27, 2010 @ 7:08 p.m.

All right, I just discovered a dandy new thingy to help keep track of pets (especially cats). It has a range of 600 feet, which is pretty good. A lot of times, a lost cat is really very nearby, sometimes trapped in a neighbor's garage, shed, under a house, etc. With SD's indulgence, I'm going to park the link here.

http://www.loc8tor.com/Store/product/Loc8tor-Pet,203,110.aspx

A hundred bucks, but might be well worth it.

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