UPDATE: Jingo the cat has been found dead, according to an updated Facebook post from Claire Hirst. “Thank you everyone who phoned and offered support, it was much appreciated,” she wrote.
A Fernie family is searching for their lost cat and are offering a $500 reward for anyone who helps find him.
Claire Hirst said that her family cat, Jingo, was last seen at their home in the Annex on July 10.
Jingo is a two-year-old male Siberian forest cat. He had a collar on when he went missing, which has his name and a number on it. Collars can sometimes break off of cats, Hirst said
“He’s really pretty, he’s golden coloured with a black tip tail.”
Jingo likes to go into peoples’ cars, Hirst said, mentioning the possibility that he was driven off somewhere.
Sheds are also a good place to check, she said.
In efforts to find Jingo, Hirst has posted to social media, called the SPCAs in Cranbrook and Blairmore, and put up posters.
She and her family, which includes two kids ages 10 and 6, also go out every night calling and shaking bags of treats to lure out their beloved pet.
“We’ve certainly been looking hard and not found him.”
Hirst said Jingo is ‘really missed’.
“My kids are really upset and are really desperate to have him back.”
As for the $500 reward, Hirst said she would give it both for a direct return of her cat, or for information that leads to him being found. She said if someone doesn’t want the reward, she could donate it to a charity of choice instead.
“I just want to find him.”
Even if people aren’t sure whether a piece of information will lead to Jingo, Hirst said to pass it on anyway.
“I’m always happy to check out any leads and see what I can find.”
She said she had another cat about 10 years ago that went missing who was found after five weeks.
“So, it can be done.”
Anyone with information about Jingo can call 250-801-6900.