Just about a week ago, our sweet little cat, Jabie, disappeared from our Bay View home. Maybe one of us left the patio door open a bit, Iâ€™m not sure. But after hours upon hours of walking the neighborhood, taping up posters and talking to every stranger we see, sheâ€™s still nowhere to be found.
Jabieâ€™s never run away before, and my last experience with a missing animal was before Facebook and Twitter and Instagram. This time around itâ€™s so different.
Even though Jabie remains elusive, Iâ€™m incredibly moved by the response weâ€™ve seen on social media. Friends and strangers alike have shared her photos and done their best to chip in. Itâ€™s a reminder that our neighborhood really cares, even when they donâ€™t know me or my family or my missing cat. Even if Jabie doesnâ€™t come, I know this community has tried its best.
Still, Iâ€™m not giving up hope. Jabie is microchipped and healthy and has all of her claws. Weâ€™re told that runaway indoor cats stay close to home (weâ€™re in the Fernwood area of Bay View â€“ close to the lake, just south of Oklahoma), so Iâ€™ve left food on the deck, as well as blankets and chairs and clothes that are familiar to her.
Assuming sheâ€™s not lost or injured or worse, she can come home whenever sheâ€™s ready. I just hope thatâ€™s soon.
Weâ€™re checking MADACC every day, and our friends at the Wisconsin Humane Society have reposted our many Facebook messages. People who follow me on Twitter (and those who donâ€™t) have retweeted our Craigslist ad. Children in the neighborhood have been on the lookout, too.
Itâ€™s a very sad time for our family, although really, our young daughter is taking Jabieâ€™s disappearance better than my wife and I have. Weâ€™ve had Jabie for 11 years â€“ we adopted her when she was a stray the first time around â€“ and while sheâ€™s not a young cat, sheâ€™s not an old one, either.
I just want to know.
But based on Milwaukeeâ€™s generous and overwhelming offers of assistance, you already know that. And you understand how we feel.
A pet, especially such a loving little cat, is a member of the family, and I wonâ€™t give up trying to find her. Of course, please let me know if you see Jabie. I already appreciate your help, Milwaukee. If you find her, Iâ€™ll be eternally grateful.
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