“CLAUS” – ACTUAL AD POSTED ON CRAIGSLIST Hi, my cat was being watched at a house and evidently got out somehow and around the corner before I could get to him a neighbor had told me he saw a black cat with some grey color in his fur, collar and looked dead, blood coming from mouth. The neighbor said had tried to avoid hitting this cat as it was in the middle of the road and happened an hr prior to me being able to make it to the location and when he went to show me where the cat’s body, he was gone! Blood on the road was the only tell-tale signs that it had happened and my cat went missing only hours prior. The description seemed to match but without knowing 100% I need your help to find out any information leading to his mysterious disappearance. He’s only 5 yrs. old, dark brown fur but looks black at night with some grey/smoke coloring under his belly and mixed in his fur. His hair is fairly longer then in one of the photos but that photo really shows his colors. The most recent pic (next to the small plant) was taken about a week ago, only his fur is cut a bit shorter on his backside on some areas. It is very important to know what happened as he is loved. He had on a collar with a blue tag with his info. This happened last night (Tues Aug 23rd) from the sounds of it happened around 8 or 9 pm by 10 pm the hit and injured cat was nowhere in sight. Also, this is a residential neighborhood so if anyone knows or saw what happened. Please contact the number on the tag and a reward will be given led to his discovery or known where about. I’d appreciate any help leading to more information on this incident as I’ve called everywhere from SPCA, animal emergency hospitals and whatever else and he hasn’t been turned in to any of those places. Thanks for your time. He is soooooooo loved and sooooooo incredibly missed. I love you Claus, where ever you are!!~Jen
Well Jen called us and we brought JED our bloodhound out to search the area after letting him examine the blood and fur left on the road, we established that it was not Jen’s cat that got hit because we tracked the cat back to its house. Jed then found Jen’s cat Claus a few blocks away. It only took Jed 1/2 hour to achieve these results.
Al @ PET SEARCHERS CANADA found my Claus and saved my world!!!! (Vancouver near Rupert/Napier St) Tues, Aug 23rd my beautiful baby Claus went missing from the house. It was now dark and he was still out there, vulnerable to all the other creatures of the night and did I mention Claus is a house cat. Up the street a voice calls out “hey are you guys looking for a cat”. I think he’s found him! He has my Claus safe and instead he tells us something alarming. He’s seen a cat not far up the street from the house, lying in the road. It was hit by a car he says he saw it earlier as he swerved around to avoid hitting it and it was bleeding from the mouth and he was certain it was dead. I ask him for the description and he describes mine, dark fur with some grey and has a collar. We go up the street looking for an answer to a horrible thought and when we get there, we see the blood but there is no body! At this point I’m thinking the worst has happened to Claus, the description, the location, and the collar! Not a lot of cats I see wandering around wears them but I need to know for sure, I need to see it’s him. Trying to be strong but my heart is breaking every second that he’s missing, not knowing is that his blood on the road. I’ve loved cats my entire life and still think please let it be another cat, Claus can’t be dead. I find myself now in search of what I hope isn’t his dead body. Where is my baby and what happened to him, is he okay, has he been hit by this car and maybe still alive or being eaten by a coyote somewhere. I want to beat up the coyote who’s possibly taken his body and my relief to know what happened there. I imagine myself rescuing him from all the dangers. Then blame comes, I think if only I could have made it here earlier, I would have known, I would have seen it or could have prevented the accident somehow and this wouldn’t be happening. I call the SPCA, the city to see if anyone has reported a dead body, nothing. The SPCA guy even comes out when I tearfully tell him I don’t know if it’s him, there’s no body. With the P.N.E. going on there’s a lot of traffic in the streets and people so I’m thinking would an animal have taken him so quickly seems strange and the SPCA guy says maybe someone has taken him and will report him in the morning. With flash lights we search allies, garbage bins, bushes and still nothing. Now thinking I’ve potentially lost the light in my life who
keeps me going through the current piling of horrible events and I feel like that car hit the both of us. Nothing more to do I swab his blood and put it in a bag for keep sake and to see if I can someone have it analyzed with his fur for a confirmation that it was him for sure. Go back home and I phone every emergency hospital open, vet and everything I could think of or Google. I got a lot of machines and one emergency line which was suppose to be open didn’t even answer and no option to leave a message! I’m so angry; I think why there isn’t more help in the horror of this. I call frequently for any reports on the road and still nothing so I eagerly wait till morning to come. Bawling my eyes out in a hot shower till the water turns cold which seems too quickly and I think get it together. I don’t know for sure he might still be alive out there and hope for a miracle. I go on Craigslist put his picture and hope someone knows something about the hit cat and make posters thinking the sooner I find him the better. I see an ad for Pet Searchers Canada and call that too. Nothing left untried and I speak with Al who says things to help be positive and mentions a new possibility, the cat hit might have been taken in by its owners. I think yeah! That makes more sense that they would take its body and not report it if it was their own as they might just want to bury it. I can’t give up he’s alive! I go back to the scene with posters and to my horror discover fur in the blood! I didn’t see this before in the night and now the day reveals tire marks with blood trailing down the road and fur attached that looks like some colors in Claus’s fur with skin and bone and now the posters, I’m putting up feel more like memorial pictures. Completely destroyed I call Al back with the discovery and he really hears my pain and understands how important it is for me to know if Claus died here or not and he comes down to help get some answers. He takes a look at the blood spot and brings out Jed, his beautiful blood hound to track the scent and we go from there. Jed sniffs around and starts trailing towards the house and I think in horror he’s going to lead us back to the house but in Jed sniffing out the mystery cat’s trail he scared out two cats that fit the description of mine and there’s Claus!! He doesn’t have his collar on but he’s alive and well I can’t believe my eyes literally it’s like he’s back from the dead and I’m just so happy I go to pick him up and I think wait he looks a bit off, kind of smaller and his nose isn’t wide enough. Then the neighbor comes out and says that’s our cat! I think I know it just looked like Claus so much and I wanted to be him but you wouldn’t believe how similar they look, the placement of colors throughout the fur and everything. Then reality hits and I think oh no but Al assures me there was one more and with Jed’s help he seeks out his hiding spot which is under a car and I can see a cat is there in the shadows but is it him?! I look and I see his collar and it’s him!! He’s alive!!! He
seems to be okay but don’t yet know for sure. We get treats and food to lure him out and I go behind the car and he comes out towards me and I picked him up and have him in my arms again and nothing matters. I think about the cat’s fate in the street and I think nothing should die like that and happily hold Claus and he’s happy to see me as he’s had an adventure and has no idea about any of this. We found him a couple allies away from the house but with Al and Jed’s help he came back safely as there are many coyotes and other dangers who knows what would have happened if he was out there for even one more day. Pet Searchers Canada saved not only Claus but the light in my life and I would highly recommend them. They understand your worry, frustration and pain involved in missing a loved one. How a pet is often like your own child and as just as important. Al has the biggest heart and provides a wonderful service for all of us who have a pet that goes missing. Just so amazing and I can’t thank him enough!! ~ Very happy Jennifer