Hayley Crews, the owner of “Camo”, the Portland, OR cat is overjoyed. She reported today on the cat’s Find Camo Facebook site that the reunion happened with the help of a trap baited with some familiar-scented clothing, plus Camo’s favorite food, sardines in oil. Camo is now safely back with Hayley and Roy.
The couple never expected the media storm that would erupt when the original story was reported 10 days ago. Many people in the area volunteered in the search. Sadly, Ms. Crews also reports that some people were much less than kind. Roy had been getting hate mail and texts. The couple also received calls from “crazies threatening to kill Camo if we don’t pay a ransom, pet psychics, and sightings of every stray cat in the Portland metro area.”
In case you’re not familiar with the story that took over the internet when it appeared, Roy Dufek, Ms. Crew’s boyfriend, decided to help her sell her two beds while she was at work. The second bed was sold with the box spring, which turned out to be a perfect hiding place for a shy cat, when strangers appeared in the apartment to pick up the bed. When he went to find Camo, he couldn’t locate the cat.
They put up lost pet posters, enlisted the help of friends, and eventually the story reached the ears of the local Portland TV station, KPTV. It was such an unusual story that it caught the attention of people across the country. It was definitely reported in the Orlando, FL area, where it was seen by this reporter.
These posters were also put up in the area where the box spring had been relocated, near the Hillsboro airport. A caller in the area saw the posters and thought they had seen Camo in the area, so Crews and Dufek baited the trap. After almost 10 days of searching, the trap caught a most willing feline just 90 minutes after it was set.
He’s now home, has been inspected by their vet, who proclaimed him healthy, just a little worse for the wear. He’s got a cut lip, some broken claws and bleeding paws, He was very thin and, as expected, quite dirty. Hayley bathed him and he’s been cleaning himself to get off any of the unwanted street grime she might have missed.
The couple thank everyone who helped get Camo back to them. He may have been accidentally lost due to a sale on Craigslist, but friends and social media brought him home.
Pet Parents reports that only 2% of lost cats ever return home, and of that number, 41% were considered “indoor-only” cats by their owners. That’s a sad statistic. Please microchip your cat today. It’s a very nominal fee; just $45 might save you a lifetime of sadness.
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