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Missing Manteca cat may be headed home

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Missing Manteca cat may be headed home

MeMe is a long-haired fluffy white and black/grey domestic cat.

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POSTED December 14, 2017 1:05 a.m.

When Jennifer Hart put out a plea to the community to help her find her family’s longtime pet – a male cat named MeMe – she didn’t quite know what to expect.
After all, hers was one of a several cats that disappeared from her neighborhood near Stella Brockman Elementary School, and all indications pointed to somebody that was trapping and releasing the animals out in the rural parts of the county.
But it appears that her cat may actually be trying to find its way home.
Over the course of the last week Hart has received messages from people who have either seen her fliers or read her postings on social media about sightings of her cat at various points in town that appear to indicate that it’s working its way back to her home.
On Dec. 6, MeMe was spotted by a resident near the El Rancho Mobile Home Park, and on Dec. 10 seen again near Doctors Hospital of Manteca. The direction he is moving is indicative to Hart and her parents that if it is in fact their cat, he is moving in their direction.
It may be too soon to start pulling out his old cat toys just yet, but the signs are welcome news for a family that have desperately searched throughout the entire community and the surrounding rural areas and haven’t seen the cat turn up at any of the local animal shelters.
It was a few days before Thanksgiving that the family started putting together what could have happened to their missing cat after fliers posted around the neighborhood yielded responses from neighbors that also had something similar happen to their felines.
One neighbor, who had two cats disappear, eventually had one of them return – severely emaciated – leaving him to believe that the cat was trapped and dumped in the country somewhere to fend for itself.
In a statement that Ken and Tish Hart released when making a plea for their cat’s safe return, they reiterated that all they’re asking for is the return of their longtime family pet, and no questions will be asked if it is brought back.
“It’s very sad and disturbing to think that someone might be trapping cats and dropping them elsewhere, let alone what the cat may be going through to get back,” the statement read. “We don’t care who did this at this point, we would just like to know where he’s been dropped off at so we can look for him. No questions asked, no hard feelings – we just want our cat back.
“There are always other means of deterring cats from coming into your yard – for future reference.”
Hart said that the news was good that a cat that appears to be the one they’re looking for may in fact be trying to get home, but she’s also worried that it may be a lookalike since there were sightings in town the previous week much closer to their actual home.
Anybody with information about the cat’s whereabouts is urged to contact the Manteca Animal Shelter at 209.456.8270, or to post in any of the neighborhood watch groups that are currently active on Facebook.

To contact reporter Jason Campbell email or call 209.249.3544.

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