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$500 reward offered for missing cat

Valencia family holds out hope, despite pet's long absence

Posted: January 16, 2013 6:22 p.m.
Updated: January 16, 2013 6:22 p.m.

Pumbaa as seen on 600 postcards the Parish family of Valencia has mailed to neighbors. The family is offering a $500 reward for the cat's return.

Owners of a cat missing since Christmas are offering a $500 reward for its return and said Wednesday they’re hopeful “Pumbaa” is still alive.

The Parish family in Valencia has printed fliers, posted posters, mailed postcards and hired bloodhound handlers to help find the silver spotted male cat with green eyes, according to owner Joel Parish.

Parish got a phone call a week ago that has kept him clinging to hope that Pumbaa is still alive.

“When they phoned, he was standing under a flier I taped to a pole,” Parish said.

“A family of three brothers ran out to get him. He bolted off and disappeared.”

The Parish cat was reportedly seen at the corner of Briarcliff Place and Gleneagle Court in Northpark.

Parish received a couple of calls from the same area but nothing since last Thursday, he said.

The cat’s disappearance and Parish family’s subsequent ordeal began Christmas night.

“I opened the door to turn off the Christmas lights when he must have slipped behind me and went out,” Parish said.
Three days later, Parish hired the owner of two bloodhounds who pressed the tracking animals into action.

The tracker had each bloodhound follow the cat’s scent separately. The trail went cold across from Chesebrough Park.

Parish has put up posters featuring pictures of Pumbaa. He put a stamp on each of the 600 postcards he had printed and mailed them.

He even set up a motion-triggered “wildlife camera” with hopes the cat would be photographed returning for food.

Nothing worked.

Parish is concerned about the recent cold snap, but he recognizes the main threat is coyotes.

“Cats have survived in the snow. Coyotes are a bigger concern,” he said.

When asked why he set the reward at $500, Parish said: “Because he’s like a member of our family.”

Anyone with information about Pumbaa is urged to call Parish at 310-498-2027.
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