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A Millbury woman is searching for her family’s elderly orange and white cat, which has been missing since July 22 from her home in the 2900 block of Millbury Road.815SHARKY1

Keri Drain said the cat slipped out of her house when she opened the door to go to work that morning, which also happened to be her birthday.

The cat, named Sharky, has sneaked out on previous occasions, but always returned, she said.

“He would always stay to the left or right of us. He wouldn’t go further than one house away,” she said.

If he got out at night, he was on the front porch by the next morning.

“Sharky has never disappeared before. That’s why this is so devastating,” she said.

Sometimes when Sharky got out at night, it would jump up on her bedroom windowsill crying to come in.

“So he never went far,” she said.

“This time, he went out and just didn’t come back. We never saw him again,” she said.

When she got home from work that night, she started searching for him in the neighborhood.

“We thought it was weird he hadn’t come back yet. We looked for him all weekend,” she said. “We made fliers, put them in mailboxes all over the neighborhood. We’ve put fliers at area businesses – Mel-O-Creme, Subway, Woodbury Market, Pub 51, East Suburban Animal Clinic, the post office – pretty much any place we were allowed to put up the flier.”

She went to the Wood County Humane Society and the Toledo Area Humane Society, and posted on Internet sites such as the popular K-100 Lost and Found Pet Page, Facebook’s Toledo Area Lost and Found Pets, and other online sites for owners looking for their missing pets.

She also set a live trap on her porch. “But I caught another kitty cat in the trap,” she laughed.

Friendly cat
Sharky was adopted as a kitten 10 years ago, she said, and was the constant companion of her son, Ethan, who was eight years old at the time. He is currently in training in the Air Force. When he calls home, he always asks whether Sharky was found.

“He’s really my son’s cat. He left for the Air Force on July 11. Sharky is his homey, like his pal. Ethan is in basic training and very limited in how much phone time he gets, but it’s on his mind and he’s very concerned,” she said.

Drain even enlisted the help of her two dogs to try and pick up the cat’s scent, with no luck.

One of the dogs, a chocolate Labrador retriever, which she adopted nine years ago, is moping around looking for Sharky, too, she added.

“They are buddies,” she said.

The orange, neutered, feline with white paws, white chest and white snout is laid back and very sociable, she said. It weighs about 12 lbs., and has soft short hair. Its front paws are declawed.

“He is so friendly. He will go up to anyone. I don’t think he would be skittish outside like a stray would be. He’s very approachable,” she said.

A possible sighting in a field a couple houses from her home turned up nothing.

“A lady thought she saw him the other morning, and she let me set up my live trap over there, and we even took the dogs to walk in the field to look, but we didn’t see anything,” she said.

If anyone has any information about Sharky’s whereabouts, Drain can be contacted at 419-704-4212. A reward is being offered.

“We just want our buddy back.”

 

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