Help Me Hank! Hershey The Cat
Help Me Hank: Help Me Hank! Hershey The Cat
If this kitty showed up on your doorstep, you might name her Chocolate or Brownie. But Je'nae Wright didn't have to pick a new name, she knew the real one because it was right on the collar. It says Hershey.
"This is Hershey. She’s a really great cat," Wright said.
Hershey showed up at the Wrights’ Chelmsford home last fall.
"We left blankets in the garage and she just found a place to sleep. So we knew she was a stray cause she was here every day," Wright said.
But that collar proved she certainly belonged to someone. There was an address on it, 26 Holland Street, but no town. There was a phone number on it, but no area code.
"We tried every area code in Mass. that went with the number and they were all out of service," Wright said.
They called animal control.
"They couldn’t do anything. They searched for the street addresses in surrounding towns, and they found nothing," Wright said.
Now Hershey’s future is in jeopardy. The family is packing up to move and there’s no way to take Hershey along.
"We already have three cats, two dogs and a mouse. We’re going into a smaller house," Wright said.
So with only that annoyingly incomplete tag for clues, they had one more idea.
"My mom contacted you guys," Wright said.
Hah! We thought ‘find the owners of a lost cat? Where there's a tag, we thought piece of cake.’
We were wrong. We tried reverse directories, phone companies, town clerks, on-line pet finders, shelters, state police, emergency management agencies; we even took Hershey to be scanned for an ID microchip.
Hershey’s true owners remained a mystery. That collar, obviously meant to protect her, didn’t help at all.
"When you see this, when you see this collar, what do you think?" Hank Phillippi Ryan asked.
"We know right now that there is a family out there who could be devastated at the loss of their pet thinking that maybe something tragic happened to him," Scott Giacoppo of the MSPCA said.
The MSPCA takes in 8,000 lost cats a year and with a good collar or microchip everyone goes home.
Otherwise, only 2 percent are ever returned to their original owners.
"It’s frustrating because now there’s another cat that needs to find a new home," Giacoppo said.
So here's Hershey's next stop, an MSPCA kennel, unless of course, just maybe the little brown mystery cat belongs to you.
"So if anyone out there thinks this is their cat, just contact Channel 7," Wright said.
You know we don't usually do stories about lost and found pets, but Hershey could be the poster cat for proper kitty identifications. If her tag had adequate information, she'd be home by now.
Here are some websites that offer information on adopting a pet, what to do if you've lost your pet and how to help your pet from being lost. Some of them also allow postings of lost and found pets.
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