have contacted me, I'm sure you must know how
heartbreaking it is to lose your pet. Some of us are
fortunate enough to be able to afford the fees of pet
recovery. There are others, such as the elderly and
young college students who are not so fortunate. For
these hardship cases, I provide my time and materials
free of charge. Although this is a free service, it is
not without expense. My time, as well as the cost of
humane traps that have to be replaced on a recurring
basis, cages, fuel expense, bait, etc. has, to date,
been paid out-of-pocket.
In order for me to be able to provide this work on a
charitable basis, I will need to set up a fund to help
abate these costs. Would you please consider a donation
from $5.00 to $500? Some of the elderly live alone and
these companions are critical to their well-being. I
need your help to continue returning their pets! Upon
request, I will be more than happy to supply you with a
statement, demonstrating how your contribution was
If you are able to help, please forward the funds to the
My lost Persian cat Aslan made it back home last week. He had
been hiding in the bushes with a feral cat "friend" who was
showing him how to eat out of dumpsters etc.
My neighbour saw him and showed me where he was. He had
lost a few pounds but was otherwise in pretty good shape. He
had some grease on his head and picked up a yeast condition in
his ears, but otherwise he was perfect.
His mood after coming back was as if he had never left. He
box right away. Ate normally. And seemed very happy to be
reunited with his housemates.
Your advice that I not go after a "tip" that Aslan was under
overpass of a freeway 8 miles away was certainly good advice,
as I am a senior with
some obvious disabilities--making me very vulnerable out on
the streets. That was the first thing you told me, and after I
thought it through, it was this that revealed to me that your
advice was very credible.
Although I did not send in a map or use your services in a
formal way, the conversations we had on the phone were
valuable enough for me to arrange to send you a donation next
month when my money is right.
Your expertise and honesty have been greatly appreciated.
Date: Thu, 9 Dec 2004 04:11:25 -0800
Dear Mr. Washington:
First, I am embarrassed to even approach you since I live in
Oregon and am supposing neither of us has the cost of a ticket
on hand! My dearest companion has been missing since November
22. Because I am in constant pain and have limited mobility, I
didn't do the things everyone knows to do immediately when
they discover a pet missing. I managed two afternoons in the
first week, of wandering about slowly and calling his name.
Usually he will answer me before I can see him, in one of the
wide variety of sounds a Siamese can make, the one that means
"Whaddya want, Ma?" Your ad touched me because you
acknowledged how terribly important pets can be to the elderly
What is true is that for the first two weeks, at least, I
struggled against frankly suicidal depression. He's that
And it isn't getting easier to bear; rather it's intensifying.
I am sorry
to say I am in a very bad way financial situation, but if you
rare old books, I have a huge collection I'm preparing to list
on ABE and
I have a lot of other items in a showcase mall across the
Willamette from where I live. I have felt so guilty not doing
more to bring him
home, but I can't climb in and out of the car and walk in
ditches and such
to post signs. I put an ad in a local "shopping" magazine, I'm
daily with one animal shelter and our great Humane Society,
and there's not
been a trace of him. Last night a perfect stranger offered to
put up signs with/for me. I
drove the car while she got wet doing all the work.
A friend for life.
"Bird" is a 2 yr old Chocolate Point Siamese mix neutered male
with a funny tail that stands
straight up or curls forward over his back. People who know
Siamese mistake him for purebred --
however, his eyes don't
cross and they are only faintly blue. I think of him as being
very smart, because I've trained
him easily, but in my experience (before I gave
up trying to train him to "heel") he's very stupid outdoors.
his harness and lit out in hot pursuit of a feral female he's
with for months, and God knows where they might have stopped
He would not have wanted to be around the feral
they scare him, and then he'd have hidden where he may be
starving to death right now. The only
other scenario I can imagine is that someone fell
in love with him and took him in for keeps.
More and more every day I see and hear him around the house.
Painful. Those imagined encounters
with him make me cry, and pretty soon I'm
howling like one bereft. I talked out loud with Bird, and
didn't think I was
crazy for it. NOW I think I'm crazy!
I'm sure I lost you at "Oregon", so I'll stop nattering on
Thanks for the good work you are doing! How I wish you were a
neighbour who could
drop everything and rush over here to help me find Bid. Sharon
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