Patch readers, you are two-for-two on lost pets in the past few weeks.
On Monday morning, Aaron Kuhn found "a sweet, clearly domesticated cat, very thin and cold, curled in [his] backyard" in Haddon Township.
Kuhn took the animal, who looked to be well worn by the elements, he wrote, to a vet to be checked out and scanned for I.D. He posted an ad on craigslist.org, started making calls to the local animal authorities—shelters, veterinary clinics, police—and finally put up an announcement on Patch.
"He's currently safe, secure, and warm in my house, being fed food and water and napping away," Kuhn wrote. "I can't imagine someone is not looking for this guy."
By Thursday mid-day, Kuhn had found a possible match in Patch user Cindy Stanzilis, who commented on his announcement with a description that fit the bill. Within a matter of hours, owner and pet were reunited.
(Apparently, P-Diddy had disappeared about a month ago during a children's sleepover party.)
"The tale of the number of different ways I attempted to find the owner is even more interesting, plus points to the absolute disorganization of the entire system," Kuhn wrote in an e-mail to Patch.
"I went as far as OPRA Requests for pet license owner information for Orange Male Cats to Haddon Twp., Oaklyn, Collingswood, Audubon, and Haddonfield...and in the end, good ol’ Patch.com," Kuhn wrote.
From an editorial perspective, we're happy to have played a part in getting the little guy home. However, our small contribution doesn't even approach the above-and-beyond humane effort Kuhn applied here.
If you're ever missing a pet, you can use the Patch announcements section to let us know. Here's a tutorial.