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THE SEARCH

THINGS I'VE ALREADY DONE:

  • Distributed over 300 flyers
  • Visited local vets and shelters
  • Posted on: Craigslist, Reddit, Nextdoor, Iowa Lost & Found Pet Alert, AHeinz 57 Missing Mutts, Des Moines And Surrounding Areas Lost and Found Pets, Des Moines, IA - Lost Dogs, Cats & Pets (Pawboost), Beaverdale Iowa, Merle Hay Neighborhood Association, DSM Girl Gang Community, Des Moines IA Area Swap, and more. Plus personal page sharing.
  • Talked to neighbors and walkers near sightings
  • Left out her carrier and a blanket I sleep with by the backdoor of my apartment facing the woods
  • Set out her litter box on my balcony
    • I know this often a disputed tactic. I live on a 3rd floor apartment, so I felt comfortable enough to place the box out for scent purposes without predators getting into it. 
  • Searched the woods with a 9-person search party
  • Patrolled over 10 miles of local neighborhoods
  • Sat outside for a few hours every night with tuna - both calling for her and silently
  • Sprinkled Cat Attract Litter by the woods
  • Contact local Search and Rescue groups to see if they knew anyone in the area with scent tracking dogs. (There sadly isn't.)
  • Contact Missing Pet Partnership (There are no local pet detectives.)
  • Read "How To Find Your Lost Cat" by Kim Freeman (Lost Cat Finder)
  • Set up 2 trail cams in the area with tuna bait to see if she's still in the area
    • So far I've only caught raccoons, rabbits, squirrels, possums, foxes and deer. But no Merlot.
  • Place a classified ad in the Des Moines Register
    • Will keep it running every week until Merlot is found.
  • Got a phone consult from Kim Freeman
  • Created a Facebook page and boosted Missing post.

WHAT's next?

  • HAVE RECIEVED A CONFIRMED SIGHTING OF MERLOT ON 50TH ST
    • Live trap in place

WHAT CAN YOU DO?


WHERE TO LOOK?

This is a map of all the reported sightings. I update every time I get a phone call, text, or Facebook message about a potential sighting.