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Sonny Missing 5 1/2 Months Now

7 Apr
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Sonny as a kitten in foster care. It’s amazing how much darker he got as he got older, that’s a trait of Siamese cats I was told. His shelter name was Toby.

There have not been any further reported sightings in the Churchill area. A big THANKS to Churchill neighbors Y. and T. for sending me photos of cats on their property and for all the other neighbors who are keeping an eye out for Sonny.

Thank you also to kind neighbor S. S. who came over to give us tips and offered to lend us his humane trap.

We are very grateful for the wonderful people in our community who have helped us and given us encouragement that Sonny will be home with us some day.

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This is what Sonny looks like now (though he would probably have lost weight).

Last Monday, I made the painful decision to discontinue Sonny’s pet health insurance with Healthy Paws. I was planning to wait at least six months, but I got an email with the yearly rate increase for the premiums, so I thought it would be a good time to stop. This  doesn’t mean I’ve given up hope, it just seemed like the practical thing to do at this point.

Possible Sonny Sighting, Churchill Drive

21 Mar

I got an email from someone who saw a cat who looks like Sonny on Churchill Drive near Persimmon Ct. on Tuesday, March 19 (thank you very much, E.).

I had put up a poster on Summit & Skyline a couple days before that.

I’m going to follow up with another poster and door hangers near the location on Churchill. If anyone reading this lives near there and knows of a cat that matches Sonny’s description, could you please let me know? I would also be interested in knowing about people who feed strays in that area.

Thanks!

Map of Sonny Door Hanger Distribution

20 Mar

As of today, I’ve distributed about 650 of the 1,000 door hangers, as highlighted on the map.

I spoke to someone a few weeks ago who feeds strays near the large wooded area bordered by Robin Rd and Pinehill, but they hadn’t seen a cat who looks like Sonny.

Thank you to all the kind people who have called with possible sightings.

If anyone knows people who feed strays / feral cats, especially in the Carolands area, could you please let me know? I would keep their information private and not post it here. I’m finding there are more feral cats in Hillsborough than I would have thought. Some of those cats could be former pets.

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Sonny has been missing for three months now

25 Jan
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This is a more recent composite photo of Sonny. His markings get darker with time.


Our beloved Sonny is still missing. It was three months ago, on October 25, 2012, that I last saw him.

We haven’t given up hope. I have distributed about 600 door hangers near our home over the past couple of months. When Sonny first when missing, I distributed fliers to the closest 30 or so homes; and put up posters and craigslist ads. I have been in all the adjacent homes’ yards and other yards where Sonny had been seen before his disappearance. I had a trailcam set up for the first couple of months, and have been following advice from the MissingCatAssistance Yahoo Group (see my “Resources” page for more helpful links).

SonnySonny was last seen early Thu, Oct 25 at our home on the 300 block of Robinwood Lane near Hayne, in Hillsborough. He’s an indoor/outdoor cat, but he has always come in at night. We have a four-way cat door we keep locked at night.

Sonny is a shorthair Siamese/Marbled Tabby mix, white with tan markings, a dark brown tail with a white ring near the end, and blue eyes. He is two years old and he weighed 9 lbs. when he disappeared. He was not wearing a collar.

Sonny is very skittish and afraid of strangers, so he would probably not let you approach him if you saw him. But he is a very sweet and gentle cat.

We are desperate to know what happened to him, even if it’s bad news. I visit the PHS every week or two  even though Sonny has a HomeAgain microchip.

Sonny (top) and his brother Teddy (bottom)

Sonny has a brother Teddy who has similar markings but Teddy is darker brown. We have gotten reports from neighbors of Teddy being seen since 10-25, but no reports of Sonny being seen. Nine Lives Foundation (a wonderful organization) saved these brothers from being euthanized at a shelter as stray kittens because they were born with defective eyelids, which have since been surgically improved. Sonny’s eyes still look “different,” but he can see fine. He is supposed to be getting severe dry eye gel applied 3x daily though. Read more about Sonny and Teddy’s history

SonnyThank you for helping us find Sonny, he is an important part of our family and we miss him a lot. His brother probably misses him too, they were inseparable.

Please call or text 650-400-8561 any time of day or night, email Sonny94010@gmail.com if you think you have seen Sonny since Thu, Oct 25.

Thank you!

LARGE REWARD OFFERED!

Teddy and Sonny

Sonny still missing, thankful for everyone’s help

17 Dec

kitty-xmasstockingsWe found out the cat seen near Black Mountain & Tartan Trail was not Sonny after all (we were able to capture photos of the cat on a trail cam). Though the cat did look very similar to Sonny in the nighttime infrared photos, in the daytime photos it was clearly another cat.

We haven’t given up hope that Sonny will be found, even though there have not been any confirmed sightings of him since his disappearance on October 25. We have a Christmas stocking hanging on our mantel waiting for his return.

I want to give a big thank you to everyone who has phoned or emailed with possible sightings of Sonny or helpful advice; and to all our neighbors who have kept an eye out for him, let us search their grounds, and given us moral support.

There has been some good that came out of this whole heartbreaking experience of losing our pet in that we have met many nice neighbors, and we now feel more connected to the Hillsborough community.

Wishing everyone happy holidays.

Potential Sonny Sighting, Black Mountain at Tartan Trail

9 Dec

I got a call tonight at around 8:30 from someone who saw a cat that looked like Sonny (based on my door hanger) while they were driving by the intersection of Tartan Trail and Black Mountain Road. They said he was with another cat.

mackerelWe drove over there within a few minutes with a can of mackerel and put some near a curb, then sat in our parked car and watched. Lo and behold, before very long, we saw cat eyes reflecting near the mackerel. We shined a flashlight on the cat and it ran away, but at a glance we both thought it could have been Sonny. We went back to the car for a while, then the cat came back. We approached the cat, but it ran away and then after that it didn’t come back. I came back half an hour later, and the mackerel had not been touched.

I will follow up at that location tomorrow with door hangers and will try to talk to residents. I didn’t get as far as Black Mountain with my door hangers over the weeked. The last street I covered in that direction was Marlborough.

Update Dec 11: I went back to the location again last night at around 10pm, and as I was parking, the same light-colored cat ran across the road right in front of me! Again, it was very fast, but it could have been Sonny. We don’t want to get our hopes up too much, but we will be pursuing this lead to try to determine whether it is Sonny or just a similar-looking cat.

Sonny Fliers Mailed to 20 Vets

2 Dec

I finally had time to mail out Lost Cat fliers to the 20 closest vets yesterday morning, as recommended by pet search experts. I got the list of vets by going to the Home Again site and searching for vets closest to 94010. The locations range from Daly City to San Carlos. I skipped Pacifica for now.

Today I will drive around to “refresh” my posters as needed, and make my routine visit to the Peninsula Humane Society.

I worry more than ever about Sonny with all the storms we’re having.

1,000 Door Hangers Ordered

27 Nov
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Lost Cat Door Hanger

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I just placed an order for 1,000 Lost Cat door hangers, 4.25″ x 11″. I highly recommend cheapdoorhangers.com, they had the lowest prices I could find, plus the staff was super-helpful and nice, and even gave me a quote over the Thanksgiving weekend when they were technically not open for business.

When Sonny came home from Nine Lives Foundation

24 Nov
Sonny on his first day at home, July 5, 2011. Dr. Rudiger had just performed another pro-bono eyelid surgery.

Sonny on his first day at home, July 5, 2011. Dr. Rudiger had just performed another pro-bono eyelid surgery.

Sonny and Teddy were found as stray kittens in a parking lot in Redwood City in July 2010. They were scheduled to be euthanized by a shelter (not PHS) because they were born with eyelid agenesis / entropian eyelids. Dr. Monica Rudiger, the kind founder of the wonderful Nine Lives Foundation in Redwood City, saved their lives and gave them eyelid surgery.

Because they were “special needs” cats, they were up for adoption for many months, and they were more than one year old when we adopted them in 2011. We adopted Teddy first. Sonny was in the infirmary, so we didn’t meet him. And we weren’t planning on having three cats (we already had a black cat named Max). When I saw Sonny was still up for adoption one month later, I talked my husband into adopting him too. That was in July 2011.

Adopting Sonny was one of the best things we ever did. He is the most affectionate, sweetest cat I’ve ever had. And watching him and his brother cuddling and grooming each other is priceless. We hope we’ll get the chance to reunite these bonded brothers once again. Seeing Teddy without Sonny makes his disappearance even more heartbreaking.

Secret Agent Cat

24 Nov

I bought a cat video camera to put on Sonny’s brother in the hopes he would lead us to Sonny.

Mr. PetCam made its debut on Teddy this afternoon. Here he is doing a little bird watching, and having a drink of water.

Still no sign of Sonny though :-(

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