My clients often report that in the process of searching for their own lost animals, they find other people’s missing pets and are able to reunite them with their owners or find the pets homes so that they are not wandering around hungry and vulnerable. This story is more unusual because it involves the rescue of urban wildlife and a friendship that developed between a cat and a pigeon who might have just as
easily ended up as the cat’s dinner.
Jasmin contacted me after her cat Kermie had disappeared from the pet sitter’s 6th story apartment. Apparently Kermie had gotten out an open window or managed to get out through the garbage chute and been missing for 3 days. Jasmine feared that because of the long drop from the pet sitter’s apartment building, that Kermie would be injured and dazed and confused.
Because Kermie could have fallen onto another roof top below, Jasmin managed to climb onto that roof top, sadly, Kermie was not there, so Jasmin feared Kermie had gotten off that roof as well.
During her search for Kermie, Jasmin found something unexpected on the rooftop. A pigeon was injured and close to death. Jasmine took the pigeon home and nursed the pigeon back to health.
When I communicated with Kermie and asked where he was located, Kermie showed me he had never left the pet sitter’s apartment. He had become frightened by the pet sitter’s children who hit each other and screamed and yelled. Kermie showed me the children played with toys like they were at war with each other. Kermie had gone into a closet that contained a full garbage can and had not come out since because he feared the children would hurt him.
When I told Jasmine where Kermie was located, she found it hard to believe, but she went back over to the pet sitter’s apartment. The pet sitter insisted that it was not possible. However, to make a long story short, Kermie was found in the closet with the full garbage can inside.
The good news is that not only did Kermie get to come home, he made an unlikely friend. As you can see in the picture, Kermie and the pigeon get along just fine. Jasmine recently emailed me to let me know that she let the pigeon go because the pigeon had fully recovered her good health.
"The fantastic thing about the situation with Kermie was, you said he never left the house, he described himself as feeling he was in a war zone and was in a cabinet stuffed with bags and garbage and was afraid when he heard us calling for him. When I returned to the pet sitter’s home, her kids had some war video game blasted so high, I felt anxious entering because of the sounds of constant shooting, bombs blasting, and screaming from the video game. I brought over his favorite food like you recommended, shrimp and broccoli from the Chinese takeout. I blew the aroma around. It must have driven him nuts. I left and, shortly after, the pet sitter’s kids called me saying Kermie was inside their mom’s room in her closet banging on the door to get out. I ran back and sure enough the closet was filled with bags and garbage just like you told me."
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