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Buddy is Missing in West Falls Church, VA

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69583619

NAME

Buddy

STATUS

LOST

SEX

Male

SPECIES

Cat

MESSAGE FROM OWNER

Has anybody seen Buddy. He is an old proud lion that I have been feeding for about 12 years. I'm guessing he is now around 17. He normally stays pretty close to our hse on Slade Run Dr but wanders over towards Rose Lane and Slade Court sometimes. He has never been away for more that a day or two but I haven't seen him in a week and I am concerned. Please post or IM me if you have seen him. Thanks

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Has anybody seen Buddy He is an old proud lion that I have been feeding for about 12 years. I'm guessing he is now around 17. He normally stays pretty close to our hse on Slade Run Dr but wanders over towards Rose Ln and Slade Ct sometimes. He has never been away for more that a day or two but I haven't seen him in a week and I am concerned. Please post or IM me if you have seen him. Thanks

AREA LAST SEEN

West Falls Church, VA 22042

ADDRESS LAST SEEN

Slade Run Dr and Hickory Hill Road

DATE LAST SEEN

September 20, 2023


Paul D.

9 months ago

Pet Scams. Do not lose hope, the majority of the people in your lost pet posts are trying to honestly help. Please be calm, do research and look for the red flags of the scam. "______found your pet scam"! And its variations. There is a post that states someone found your pet. A big Red flag of this scam will be that there is no proof they have your pet in their post to you. They will just tell you to contact them via massager or txt. The post may have a social media link to someone claiming to be able to help see "pet tracker" and detective" scam below. They may ask that you prove you are the owner by giving them personal information. They may not provide you a phone number or proof they have your pet. They will have an excuse as to why they cannot send you a picture, and will not meet you in a safe location. They will want the reward or money up front without proof they have your pet. ALWAYS ask for proof they have your pet before you do anything. It is so easy to post a pic on FB that there is no believable excuse as to why they cannot post one when requested to do so. In other words they are making what should be a simple exchange very complex. "The PIN number scam". This is a modification if the "_____found your pet scam". This is a phone or bank account scam. Commonly they will say something like they need to "verify you" and require a PIN number to do so. This PIN number will be used to set up a phone account under your name so they can scam others. The less common version of this scam is they will try to get your bank account PIN or do bank money transfers out of your account using the PIN system your bank would typically use. Red Flags: Wont show you a picture of your pet. <-- (This is huge red flag) Don’t have a phone number for you to call. They will want your number and not give theirs. Want a PIN number from you. Want any personal information. Have you go to social media links to get a service that they claim helped them find their pet. Want money up front without you seeing your pet. Another modification of the "______found your pet scam". They will ask you to get a gift card as payment. If you get one they will then tell you to tell them the codes on the back, they take the money and hang up. You NEVER give a PIN, Money, or Personal Information to anyone. Wont show you a picture of your pet. <-- (This is huge red flag) Don’t have a phone number for you to call. They will want your number and not give theirs. Now what to do when you actually verified someone has your pet. You have gotten a picture, you are sure it is your pet. The person wants to meet to give you your pet. Meet in a public location such as a vet's office, or police station, or a busy market. Take a friend or family member with you to the location. Make the exchange and love on your pet. MOST OF ALL - Fix the reason why your pet got out in the first place. "Pet Trackers" and "Detectives" scams Not all of them scams are but you MUST do your research before you hire anyone who states they can get your pet back. Do not be fooled Tracker/detective scams will charge you a lot of money and maybe not show up or show up or just take their untrained dog out for a long walk and tell you they found nothing or WORSE if they stumble onto your pet, they will then give chase and potentially hurt or even your pet. (This has happened). Do research, and check references, a Random person with a dog is not a tracker. Real Tracking teams are Search and Rescue Certified (SARs) and may have extra training in finding pets too. (NOTE Tracking something is NOT like the movies). Real SARs dogs/teams do NOT chase pets or bark while tracking or at pets when they find them. An Example of a reputable tracking team is Dogs Finding Dogs out of Maryland and there are plenty of other great tracking teams. Real SARs teams are proud of said Certifications and will gladly show you that they have them. They usually have websites and references, social media on top of their SARs training Certs. "Pet Detectives" scam These scammers will have a website or social media links where they have copied free information and videos and then charge you to get that information. There is lots of free info out there, and it may take you time to find it all but it is out there. "Drone Search" Scam This is a version of the detective scam where they try to impress you with the use of high-tech equipment such as drones. This can be a scam because of how your pet may behave when they get lost. For example: When indoor cats are lost they will hide during the day under/in a tight small location. They tend to come out after dusk and go back into hiding near dawn, making drone detection near impossible. As for dogs, they can run miles from home unless the dog is in an open area close by, drone detection is again almost impossible. The noise of drones can also scare pets making them run further away or into roads or other dangerous areas. Note In some locations like near airports, or military bases flying drones is illegal. You are better off getting Reputable and Certified Search and Rescue K9 and a Trap and Release teams in your area to help you locate and trap your pet. "Pet vs Money" scam. This usually happens when you put the reward amount on the flier. The person will say they have your pet but will want the money upfront. They will not show you your pet, or have an excuse as to why they cannot show you your pet. Do NOT transfer/give money to anyone without your pet in person. If someone has your pet meet them in a safe and public location. Police Station, Firehouse, places during the day with lots of people around. Bring someone with you. Again do not give money without seeing your pet in person. Won't show you a picture of your pet. <-- (This is a huge red flag)May want a PIN number May want personal information May want to do a bank transfer May want a gift card > take the codes > and hang up. Examples of good FREE information are: How to find a lost dog - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8cKxfWUXBnY How to find a lost cat - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g2eCoC63B9I Lots of great FREE info for finding a cat here - WWW.HAPPYCATLADY.COM My God be with you in all the dark places you must walk.

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Paul D.

9 months ago

Pet Scams. Do not lose hope, the majority of the people in your lost pet posts are trying to honestly help. Please be calm, do research and look for the red flags of the scam. "______found your pet scam"! And its variations. There is a post that states someone found your pet. A big Red flag of this scam will be that there is no proof they have your pet in their post to you. They will just tell you to contact them via massager or txt. The post may have a social media link to someone claiming to be able to help see "pet tracker" and detective" scam below. They may ask that you prove you are the owner by giving them personal information. They may not provide you a phone number or proof they have your pet. They will have an excuse as to why they cannot send you a picture, and will not meet you in a safe location. They will want the reward or money up front without proof they have your pet. ALWAYS ask for proof they have your pet before you do anything. It is so easy to post a pic on FB that there is no believable excuse as to why they cannot post one when requested to do so. In other words they are making what should be a simple exchange very complex. "The PIN number scam". This is a modification if the "_____found your pet scam". This is a phone or bank account scam. Commonly they will say something like they need to "verify you" and require a PIN number to do so. This PIN number will be used to set up a phone account under your name so they can scam others. The less common version of this scam is they will try to get your bank account PIN or do bank money transfers out of your account using the PIN system your bank would typically use. Red Flags: Wont show you a picture of your pet. <-- (This is huge red flag) Don’t have a phone number for you to call. They will want your number and not give theirs. Want a PIN number from you. Want any personal information. Have you go to social media links to get a service that they claim helped them find their pet. Want money up front without you seeing your pet. Another modification of the "______found your pet scam". They will ask you to get a gift card as payment. If you get one they will then tell you to tell them the codes on the back, they take the money and hang up. You NEVER give a PIN, Money, or Personal Information to anyone. Wont show you a picture of your pet. <-- (This is huge red flag) Don’t have a phone number for you to call. They will want your number and not give theirs. Now what to do when you actually verified someone has your pet. You have gotten a picture, you are sure it is your pet. The person wants to meet to give you your pet. Meet in a public location such as a vet's office, or police station, or a busy market. Take a friend or family member with you to the location. Make the exchange and love on your pet. MOST OF ALL - Fix the reason why your pet got out in the first place. "Pet Trackers" and "Detectives" scams Not all of them scams are but you MUST do your research before you hire anyone who states they can get your pet back. Do not be fooled Tracker/detective scams will charge you a lot of money and maybe not show up or show up or just take their untrained dog out for a long walk and tell you they found nothing or WORSE if they stumble onto your pet, they will then give chase and potentially hurt or even your pet. (This has happened). Do research, and check references, a Random person with a dog is not a tracker. Real Tracking teams are Search and Rescue Certified (SARs) and may have extra training in finding pets too. (NOTE Tracking something is NOT like the movies). Real SARs dogs/teams do NOT chase pets or bark while tracking or at pets when they find them. An Example of a reputable tracking team is Dogs Finding Dogs out of Maryland and there are plenty of other great tracking teams. Real SARs teams are proud of said Certifications and will gladly show you that they have them. They usually have websites and references, social media on top of their SARs training Certs. "Pet Detectives" scam These scammers will have a website or social media links where they have copied free information and videos and then charge you to get that information. There is lots of free info out there, and it may take you time to find it all but it is out there. "Drone Search" Scam This is a version of the detective scam where they try to impress you with the use of high-tech equipment such as drones. This can be a scam because of how your pet may behave when they get lost. For example: When indoor cats are lost they will hide during the day under/in a tight small location. They tend to come out after dusk and go back into hiding near dawn, making drone detection near impossible. As for dogs, they can run miles from home unless the dog is in an open area close by, drone detection is again almost impossible. The noise of drones can also scare pets making them run further away or into roads or other dangerous areas. Note In some locations like near airports, or military bases flying drones is illegal. You are better off getting Reputable and Certified Search and Rescue K9 and a Trap and Release teams in your area to help you locate and trap your pet. "Pet vs Money" scam. This usually happens when you put the reward amount on the flier. The person will say they have your pet but will want the money upfront. They will not show you your pet, or have an excuse as to why they cannot show you your pet. Do NOT transfer/give money to anyone without your pet in person. If someone has your pet meet them in a safe and public location. Police Station, Firehouse, places during the day with lots of people around. Bring someone with you. Again do not give money without seeing your pet in person. Won't show you a picture of your pet. <-- (This is a huge red flag)May want a PIN number May want personal information May want to do a bank transfer May want a gift card > take the codes > and hang up. Examples of good FREE information are: How to find a lost dog - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8cKxfWUXBnY How to find a lost cat - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g2eCoC63B9I Lots of great FREE info for finding a cat here - WWW.HAPPYCATLADY.COM My God be with you in all the dark places you must walk.

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Paul D.

9 months ago

Comprehensive Guide for Finding a Lost Cat Research and hire a reputable Search and Rescue dog tracking team. Example Dogs Finding Dogs. Look for Certified Search and Rescue teams with the extra training to find pets. (DO NOT hire any team that will chase the cat or won’t let you come with the team). Behavior: Cats go into a fight or flight mode when outside, but usually stay within 200 yards. Your cat will typically hunker down very close to home. If you know where they got out, go 3-500 yards in both directions close to the house looking for small tight places they can hide. Sheds, garages, wood piles under decks, small holes, storm drains. Utilize Video doorbells your and neighbors' baby video monitors and trail cameras to see when your pet is coming home. They may or may not recognize their name or your face. They WILL recognize, in most cases, sounds or smells: the sound of a food can opening, favorite toy, etc. Take a moment and think of all the sounds that perk up their ears and make them come running to you. Record them on your smart phone and play them when tracking. Indoor cats lost outside become active in the evening usually around 7pm-5am. The best times for you to actively search is between 11pm – 2am. If it is safe to do so, leave a door or window slightly open at night put food and water near the door, also place a video monitor near. Again only if it is safe for you to do this. NOTE - Get permission from your neighbors to look around their yards. Fliers: Posting fliers and posters can pose a problem for some communities please find out the laws in your area before posting. Putting fliers on or in mailboxes is also illegal. Your flier should be color and as accurate to the actual colors and description of your cat. Place your flier in plastic coverings and hang them with bright colored duct tape to catch the eye of people walking by. Post fliers everyplace you can within a mile of where your pet went missing. Place fliers at bus stops, dog walking paths, and any business that will let you in the area. Do not give your address or amount of reward; this will protect you a bit from scammers. Never give/send money without seeing your pet. Also leave a flyer with your Mailman, UPS, FedEx, Amazon and any other delivery drivers. Bus Drivers, Ice Cream trucks, local patrol cops, fire stations. Garbage and recycling guys too. Use Social Media is imperative; many lost and found groups have members who just match missing pets with found pets in trying to reunite families. File missing pet reports with all the animal control agencies in your area. Investigate if there are local Trap and Release and feeding groups in your area who may be willing to help. As well as reputable dog tracking teams. Check with shelters and vets as far away as 20 miles daily in person if you can. Sometimes the person finding your pet may live further away than your city. Feeding stations: This will help draw in your cat and verify that your cat is in the location. This is a large piece of cardboard with a thick layer of flour placed on top. In the center of the flour place food. Lay down feeding stations in several places to get your pet on a repeating path and keep them in the area. Check the stations often and look for foot prints and signs that the food has been eaten. Once you see foot prints in the flour you should have an idea where to trap. Scent Strips: Cut up some scent strips out of your old cloths or bed sheets etc. (one inch by three-inch strips) put them on the ground about 3 feet apart or so. (I wore a shirt for 5 days to make it smell as strong.) The smell on the strip can last 3-5 days. Cat Chum: Mix a gallon of water with 1-2 cans of tuna/sardines. DO NOT place your scent strips in your chum mix. When laying down scent lines it near the opening of the trap and run them in straight lines way from /feeding station/trap/home. Make these lines the safest way to traps or home avoiding roads and heavy pedestrian areas. You can and should use Scent strips and Cat Chum at the same time but keep them at least three or more feet apart when you lay them down. Tracking: Try to have someone with you to keep everyone else from checking out what you are doing and for safety. Take a flashlight (even during the day), look under bushes, decks, any place they could get their head into. They maybe in sheds behind garbage cans, in hollowed out trees and storm drains. Note: Cats have a floating collarbone that allows them to get there body into any space where their head can get through. Check under decks, sheds, in sheds, and garages, in trees and small tight dark places, even if you do not think your cat could get into it. Use a flashlight to shine eyes (this can cause them to just freeze in place) If you hear or see them REMAIN CALM sit down, make the sounds they recognize, call their name open and toss food. Most of all LET THEM COME TO YOU. It may take hours even if you are within 10 feet of each other. Trapping: Get humane traps and place them close to the house or tree lines with favorite foods. (Sardines Tuna, or greasy chicken). Place a trap close by hidden under something that smells like home or you. Ask Neighbors to only put out water NOT food. Let your cat find food in the traps. In the trap put down 2 pages of newspaper the width of the trap. Place one page from the back over the trip plate. Place the 2nd page behind the trip plate to the door. This prevents a smart cat from pulling all the food to them easily. This helps hide the fact that it is a trap. Lay small chunks of food and food oil to a larger portion of food at the back behind the trip plate. (No bowls) Cover the trap with a tarp or a blanket that smells like home but leave both ends open so the smell of the food gets out. Ensure that the trip plate and door are clear of anything that will prevent the trap from being sprung. This is very important if you do not use the newspaper on the floor of the trap. Check the traps at least two times a day. Also if possible, hang dirty laundry out at night, sometimes your cat is able to smell their way home. Place at least one trap near your home, as your cat may be coming home while you sleep. Use Video monitors and/or trail camera to monitor. Establish a pattern, walk between your traps and home. Do this as often as you can. Get your scent into the air. This helps keep your pet in the area and increases the chances of getting your pet into a trap. Avoid crossing roads, train tracks and dangerous areas. Making Cat Shelter: Get/use a small cat carrier that is just big enough for your cat. Place a blanket that smells like you outside and straw inside. Place the carrier under cover somewhere tight and dark if possible. Leave the door open. Place food and water a favorite toy just inside the door. When approaching the shelter do it slowly and from the front. If your cat is there sit down and let them come to you. Do not make sudden movements, let them build trust. Turn your body and lower your head look as non-threatening as possible. Toss treats to the side of you and NEVER CHASE OR YELL at them. Litter (last resort): Put the UNCLEANED litterbox outside. For Multi-cat homes take the litter, bag it, then place the litter out further away from your strips and chum. NOTE this should be a last resort, as this can draw in Tomcats, Strays, and in some cases Predators that may keep your cat from coming home even hurt your cat. This is a LAST RESORT option and should be monitored with video monitors or trail cameras. If you are seeing danger then pull the box right away. This is a good basics video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g2eCoC63B9I Your cat is looking for home keep that in mind, so draw them to home. Most of all NEVER GIVE UP. People have found their cats ever after years of looking.

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Karen C.

9 months ago

Post on nextdoor.com More people will see this

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Penelope B.

9 months ago

https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100075811699930

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