The $2K Cat

There is a $2,000 reward for a missing Shorewood cat.

Maybe you can't put a price on love, but a woman has staked $2,000 on the safe return of her cat Casper.

"It is a lot of money," conceded Vanessa Lockwood. But there is a reason Casper is worth that kind of coin.

"My mother bought the cat for my grandmother when she was 93," Lockwood explained, telling how her grandmother suffered from bone cancer and only lived two years after making the acquaintance of Casper.

"My mom associates the cat as the last living part of her mother," Lockwood said.

Casper likely strayed from the Lockwoods' home in River Bluff estates on Easter night. Lockwood said she was carrying things in from her car and believes Casper may have slipped out the open garage door.

"He's a completely indoor cat," Lockwood said.

"He has no hunting skills, no claws, no nothing," she added.

Lockwood said Casper is a friendly, all-white 8-year-old cat with a flat face. He has been microchipped and was 15 pounds when he disappeared.

Casper suffers from allergies and other medical problems that require treatment.

The $2,000 reward can be claimed "no questions asked," Lockwood said on the Casper Kitty Come Home Facebook page. Anyone with information is asked to call 815-953-0291.

Despite Casper's lack of claws or experience in the outside world, Lockwood is holding out hope that he is all right.

"Everybody keeps telling me, 'Cats will be fine,'" she said. "I'm like, 'I hope so.'"

Flora Dora May 02, 2012 at 02:37 PM
He has a strange face. Hope you find him, Joe
Harry Benson May 02, 2012 at 05:04 PM
I think everyone in Shorewood must now be aware of this cat as there are pink flyers taped to just about every light pole, stop sign, etc. I'd like to know who is responsible for cleaning these flyers up? These flyers are a complete eyesore to the town. I think the cat's owner should be fined for littering...
Me May 02, 2012 at 10:16 PM
Harry, the content of your character is showing. She is trying to find her cat. What is WRONG with you?
Tom Lewis May 03, 2012 at 10:27 AM
I've got to go with Harry's thought. Sorry about the cat but do we all have to look at the mess for weeks? Maybe, pet owners should be a little bit careful about watching these soooo precious animals in the first place. It's not like she's the only one posting missing pets. What's next -- missing husbands!!
Harry Benson May 03, 2012 at 10:38 AM
Nothing is wrong with me? I just don't feel like littering the town with pink posters on every other light pole is right. After the rains, some have fallen off and are blowing around the neighborhood. Not to mention that every one is in a plastic sheet protector that obviously will not degrade. Sorry that the cat is lost, but I don't like the posters everywhere and I am just curious if the owner plans to remove each poster and clean up the packing tape from every pole...
Joliza 555 May 03, 2012 at 02:54 PM
As a cat lover I'm all about finding your lost cat. However I must agree with the above about the plethora of signage posted and strewn about Shorewood. Almost every light pole on Rt 52 in Shorewood is too much. Are the people who post these alerts aware that the tape will pull the paint off the light poles when removed and when not pulling off the paint will leave residue behind. Who will remove the posters when the cat is found or the search proves fruitless? The people who posted the alerts should be held responsible and fined for any posters not removed after 30 days. I even noticed they entered a gated community and posted on those poles as well. What's up with that? I hope you find your cat, but a little respect goes a long way.
Infamous Steve May 03, 2012 at 03:28 PM
I agree 100% not just with this animal but all animal/garage/yard sale signs eveywhere. People should be fined for that and made to clean up signs others posted. If you want to post something go to facebook.
Me May 03, 2012 at 08:57 PM
I will help remove the signs. Insofar as respect is concerned, perhaps you should spend less time complaining and more time helping? The signs are not hurting you people in any regard.
Cheryl May 03, 2012 at 09:15 PM
I agree with Andie, I too will help pull them down, when peeling paint and plastic not degrading takes precedence over a life wether it be canine, feline or human, there truely is no hope left for this world, I am sad to say that I live in such times, I have spent hours looking for this cat, I have dragged friends out to help me look for this cat, and I really hope I find him, not for the money, but just to see the animal back home where he belongs, shame on all of you!
Vanessa May 04, 2012 at 10:03 PM
There are no completely gated communities that the posters were posted in. They are only gated after a certain time of night and the rest of the time are open to walk/drive through. The paint does not get pulled off of the light poles when the signs are removed. We have removed quite a few of them and have not had even a speck of paint be pulled off. Yes, we plan on taking the posters down after Casper is found or when calls of sightings cease, the plastic covers were used so they would not degrade and blow away fall off causing litter. I also carry a box cutter and garbage bag in my car and if I do see one that has come undone or is unreadable bc of damage I take them down. I can understand the signs bothering people if they were posted on top of your television or on your fridge. With all of the garbage that clutters the streets and such these days I hardly think that signs on poles to help find a missing pet is that distressing. Perhaps you should take a look at other things that are happening direct your thoughts/focus to something that actually is a problem.
Vanessa May 04, 2012 at 10:04 PM
Thank you Cheryl any help is appreciated
Vanessa May 04, 2012 at 10:07 PM
Tom - This "soooo precious pet" is still being sighted in Shorewood and people are using the posters to contact us. This "soooo precious pet" got into a closed garage and when I looked for all the cats before I left I mistook a white plastic bag that other cats had knocked on the floor for him so being a negligent pet owner. With a positive helping attitude like you have I really hope that if you ever go missing there is at least someone who would put the time and effort we have put into looking for Casper into a "missing husband" hunt for you.
Cheryl May 05, 2012 at 02:55 AM
Let me know when and I will do all I can to help, it really galls me that people can put so much thought and energy into caring about things like this when there are so many larger problems in this world, and I can't help but wonder how many of those complaining consider themselves good Christians or good Catholics, but yet do not hold life above all else.
Ray Brown May 05, 2012 at 07:35 AM
I will donate $2k to help fix this cat's face. He looks like he has a deviated septum. This can be fixed.


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