Searchable Found Camp Fire Cat Database Instructions & Link!

To access database, please read below, & then click here!

This is Disaster Assist Team’s library database of found Camp Fire cats, updated daily. It contains cats from every location that has had found Camp Fire cats, within and outside of Butte County, and as of the end of July, has nearly 1,400 cats. Cats at unofficial sites, including many vet clinics (which were not included in NVADG’s database, since they did not have a contract with Butte County), were added here, as well. It also has fostered cats posted on social media since 1/8 (see the links in this post for prior), and sighted cats since 1/8.  Scroll down for quick or advanced search instructions. For very quick instructions, click here!

We created this site because we didn’t want owners to have to keep scrolling through dozens of incomplete sites, or to have to see heartbreaking pics of cats that couldn’t be theirs.  We wanted people to be able to use their phones to search. We wanted an accurate resource with all available info about each found cat, all in one place!

For more general CF lost/found pet resources, please see Camp Fire Pet Help. Please contact us if you’ve found your cat, so we can update! To reach our Disaster Assist Team Facebook page, please click here. Thanks!

Flyers of found CF pets posted on the wall of the Ponderosa School, 6593 Pentz Rd., Paradise, still being posted by Lisa Larkin and her volunteer group. Thank you!

Instructions

Introduction

This is a searchable photo library of all the found, rescued cats from the Camp Fire burn zone. We are maintaining adopted and reunited pets’ information here, so you know where they were adopted from. If you find that a cat was adopted out, please contact the last known location. MANY adopters have been willing to reunite adopted out Camp Fire cats with owners!

If you can’t find your cat here, you might well in the future, as we are daily adding newly rescued and sighted kitties.

QUICK START — HOW TO SEARCH:

   Matchers:  If you’re searching for someone else’s cat remotely, please read these instructions, then see the match page!  

   Owners: Gather pics of your beloved cat, as detailed as possible. Study them carefully for anything distinctive about him/her. Then, (1) click on the SEARCH tab, above, and (2) click the arrow on the right of the search box.  (3) Pull down “Collections” to the color/breed you’re searching for, and (4) click “search.” (5) If you want to do a little more, before you click search, type in the gender of your cat on the top line and pull down “Tags” next to the line. It’s best to keep your initial search very broad; many locations do not give neuter/spay status, provide pics of paws or abdomen, or even say whether or not the cat has a tail! You are likely to get a number of results. Scroll through them. When you reach one that could be a match, click on the photo to see a larger pic, and on the first line (“Title”) to see NOTES = current location, where found, contact info., videos–whatever else is available for that pet! (Note: ignore the green “Available” tag–it’s meaningless and assigned by the database, not by us.) If you’d like to search a little deeper after your initial search, see the “fields” section, just below. (The fields are dropdown menus on the advanced search menu, which you’ll see under #2, above.) If you’ve searched already, and want to see the most recently added cats, when your results are returned, click the RELEVANCY menu in the upper right, and pull down to ACQUISTION. That will re-sort results into most recently entered, first. (Keep in mind, changes are made to earlier-entered cats all the time, as information changes or becomes available. Those cats do not change placement in the results, so it’s a good idea to repeat your initial search every so often.)

If you have any questions, updates, or corrections, please contact us via the CONTACT tab, above!

Please see these three items for more places to search:

  1. For cats who are currently in foster care (prior to 1/8), see the links in this postVictoria Shipley has done an excellent job of compiling and updating links! Her comprehensive list of all places to check is being updated (6/3). They are represented in our library, but they are organized differently, and you may prefer them. (Note: Her Facebook links are not updated.)
  2. See this Facebook group‘s Sighted/Spotted album for cats very recently seen on cat cameras in the burn zone, but who have not yet been rescued. We are adding all new Sightings (search on Sighted and Sighting) and Fosters as we get them. If you’re looking for a lost cat to search for remotely, please check this document of lost Camp Fire Cats!
  3. Please also frequently check Camp Fire Rescue and Reunification and Camp Fire Paradise CA Area Lost Found Animals to post your lost pet there, as well. PRR is no longer rescuing cats as of the end of June, 2019. But FUR, Friends United in Rescue is, as are independent trappers. If you haven’t already, fill out this request for trapping form.

Detailed Information on our Database’s Fields

This database is built using a library structure. We can’t change the names of the fields. (Again, we can’t change Available. This field refers to a book being available to check out, and has nothing to do with the animals in this database.)

  • Title: official ID. For those without an ID, we use Unknown. For those with multiple ID numbers, we include all.
  • Author: last known location of the cat. 
  • Tags: cat’s description. This is the field you’ll use the most, after “collections.” We describe your pat’s physical appearance using tags (i.e., fur length, color of nose, chin, chest, abdomen, tail, ears, whiskers, paws, etc.,), as well as locations and colors of distinctive patches. We are not breed experts. Neither are many cat owners! We could be wrong about breed and cause you to overlook your pet, so we focused on color and markings. As you receive results, you’ll see the tags we tend to use a lot: white stripe on nose comes to a point on forehead, pink nose with black rim, white cheeks, white right cheek comes up higher than left, white whiskers, striped tail, black chin, white feet, vertical stripes on forehead, small spot on nose, white patch on right flank, white back legs, white rims around eyes, white under nose, gray spot on chin, and so on. For fur length, short-hair, medium-hair, or long-hair. Cats are neutered or intact or spayed. We use abdomen instead of belly and gray instead of grey. 
    • Please note: regarding gender, if a cat is listed as unknown, we have entered both male and female tags. Some animals were listed as male at one shelter and female at another. Don’t let gender deter you from contacting the location to ask about or visit your possible pet! Please see this article for tips on finding your pet.
    • The terms left and right are from the pet’s perspective.
  • Collections: the color, type/size of pet, some breeds. In case a photo is unclear, or you may think your pet is described differently, we’re included many pets in multiple categories in order to achieve the most visibility. We really want these pets to find their people! You can either type in the collection terms exactly, or pull down the arrow to the right of the search bar, click advanced search, and pull down “collections” to one of the following available collections to search under: Tabby Cats (not orange, long- and short-haired striped cats), Persian & Himalayan Cats (fluffy), Cream Cats, Gray & White Cats, Siamese Cats, Gray Cats, Orange/Ginger (orange cats, orange tabbies, orange & white tabbies, buff tabbies), Black Cats, White Cats (white or mostly white), Tortoise & Calico Cats (tortie=black and orange throughout coat, calico= multicolored splotches), Black & White Cats.
  • Publication Date: rescue date. If there is one, we added it in written out form (i.e., January 3, 2019). 
  • Comments: very important! This is where we put any additional information we may have for each pet, which may include where the animal was found, URLs for videos or additional photos, what to do if the pet was adopted, additional characteristics or notes by the rescuer, and location contact information. Comments can only be seen when you click on the top line of a specific cat from the search results, so please take the time to do so, as it is very useful! Remember that you can always search using a street name: Pearson, or even a full address. This can tell you all the cats found on your street; you may recognize someone else’s, if not yours! (Some cats have moved up to 12 miles, however.)

Performing a Basic Search

This search will give you the largest number of search results. You can start by simply using Collections terms (see “collections,” above).

For example, if you type in the term black & white, the search results will pull up all pets that have the words black or white anywhere in the record. It will not limit the search to only black & white cats, however! To do this, see “Collections,” above! (We do have an “Author” called “Sighting,” from webcams in the burn zone. These, if taken at night, are black and white, so don’t forget to search on “tabby cat,” not just “orange tabby cat”!)

On the other hand, if your pet has a very distinctive characteristic, such as kink in tail, try searching kink! We might have seen it too, and entered it as a tag.  (Tip: Use the most distinctive word, otherwise, you’ll get every tail in the database!)

You can also simply enter * as the sole search term, and all animals in the database will come up as the search results. As of 6/21, there are over 1,300 cats in the database  Many of these have been reunited or adopted!

Performing an Advanced Search

If you’re more ambitious, and want to perform a more detailed and specific search, try Advanced Search. At the end of the basic search bar is a downward-facing triangle. Click on this, and select Advanced Search.

You may select any combination of the fields listed above in the dropdown menus for your search. To limit your search to particular collection, choose the desired collection in the dropdown menu located near the bottom of the page (Apologies for the non-cat related collections in the list. We haven’t figured out how to remove them.).

In addition to specifying fields for searching, you are also able to use two Boolean search operators: AND, and OR (unfortunately, NOT is not available).

For example, if you want to search for a manx cat at Chico Animal Shelter, you will be using the top two search fields and the Boolean search operator between them.

  1. To the left of the top search field, click on Any field to select Author from the drop-down menu.
  2. In the corresponding search field, type Chico Animal Shelter
  3. In the Boolean operator field between the search fields, leave AND.
  4. To the left of the second search field, click on Any field to select Tags.
  5. In the corresponding search field, type manx.
  6. Click Search.

This will give you all of the cats at the Chico Animal Shelter in our database that have the term manx as a tag, as well as all cats with a tag that includes the words manx.

Another example is to search for a calico cat at Paradise Animal Shelter that has a black nose or is polydactyl.

  1. To the left of the top search field, click on Any field to select Author from the drop-down menu.
  2. In the corresponding search field, type Paradise Animal Shelter
  3. In the Boolean operator field between the search fields, leave AND.
  4. To the left of the second search field, click on Any field to select Tags.
  5. In the corresponding search field, type black nose.
  6. In the Boolean operator field between the second and third search fields, change AND to OR.
  7. To the left of the third search field, click on Any field to select Tags.
  8. In the corresponding search field, type polydactyl.
  9. At the bottom of the page, under Limit by, click on the Any drop-down menu to the right of Collection.
  10. Select Tortoise & Calico Cats
  11. Click Search.

This will give the results of all animals at Paradise Animal Shelter, in our database, that have either the tag black nose or polydactyl, AND are in the Tortoise & Calico Cats collection.

The use of * is supported in all searchable fields in both Basic and Advanced search modes. The * can be used either in front of a search term, or at the end of a search term, in order to simultaneously be inclusive and specific. For example, *135a in the Title field will result in all animals with an ID number that has 135a in it, regardless of the letters or numbers in front of it (i.e. S135a, LH135a, CF135a, 4589752135a). The * can also be used at the end of the search term to include anything that comes after a particular search term. For example, 12597* will result in all animals who begin with 12597 and different endings (i.e. 12597a, 12597b, 12597p, 1259756785).

And, again, you can simply enter * as the only search term, and all cats in the database will come up in the search results.

Search Results

There are several ways to sort your search results, using the button in the top right-hand corner, under the TinyCat logo. The default is set to Relevancy, which means that the closest matches to your search are at the top of the results.

To change the order of the search results, click on Relevancy, and you can now choose one of the following:

  • Acquisition: this allows the search results to be sorted with the most recent entries at the top. (That does not include the most recent edits to existing entries.)
  • Title: sorts search results in alphabetical order with numbers first. The numbers are sorted by place, not by number…similar to the Dewey Decimal System. For example, 1164 will come before 120, and 120 will come before 120c. 120c will come before CF120.
  • Date: sorts search results by date of rescue, with the most recent date at the top. All unknown rescue dates, notated by ? under the Author in the search results list, will be pushed to the end of the search results.
  • Author: sorts search results by last known location, in alphabetical order.
  • Popularity: search results are sorted by reviews and stars of the users. We didn’t use this.

Another way to limit your search results is by looking at the side bar to the right of the search results. All blue words in that side bar are links and can be clicked on for all animals in the search results.

Additionally, when you click on a specific animal to see all the information, any of those blue words are also links. Clicking on one will result in all animals in the database with that term in the record.

Please note: camera filters can really change an animal’s appearance. The two cats below are the same cat!

Additional Resources

If you didn’t find your pet in our database, please remember to check back again, as we are adding new animals to this database daily, as quickly and as often as we can in order to make your search easier.

In the meantime, here are some very helpful tips to keep in mind when searching for your pet, written by an experienced rescuer.

Finally, please visit our general Camp Fire resource document under “Finding Missing Pets” for more tips and Facebook search groups to join. We stopped updating it on 5/1, but there are still a lot of resources in that section.

If you still don’t see your pet, don’t lose hope! Cats are still being found more than a year after the Tubbs Fire! Several Camp Fire cats have wandered 12 or more miles before being found. Most do stay close to home, but cats HAVE wandered from Paradise to Magalia, and vice-versa.

We sincerely hope this tool is helpful for all of you missing your furry family members, and our deepest wish is that it eases a little bit of stress in your search during this unspeakably difficult time.

To those of you helping others to find their pets, thank you!

Please, everyone, share this link with friends, family, and on social media. Let’s help these pets get home!

Much love,

#DisasterAssistTeam

 

5 thoughts on “Searchable Found Camp Fire Cat Database Instructions & Link!

  1. Hi can you please underline the word HERE or make in a stand out color because I had no idea after reading this what I was supposed to click on to actually get into the database. Finally just clicked on HERE. Thanks.

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  2. Thank you! We are working now on entering the dogs and on updating cats and dogs every day. Many are moved, or found, or reunited every single day, and finding all that info (which is spread out everywhere) takes an enormous amount of time. Our recommendation is for searchers to focus on finding one lost pet at a time, or even two if they are of different breeds, to avoid overwhelm. That way, you can keep the little distinctive details about each pet in mind. See our resource doc linked above, under “finding missing pets” for many links to lost pet pics! Also see our action document here, for what you can do to persuade Gov. Newsom to keep Camp Fire pets from being adopted to non-owners or euthanized for at least 6 months (as Gov. Scott did in Florida last year during Hurricane Michael): https://docs.google.com/document/d/1UW-UhAqjv90Az83YJndJtk9nY1GHr4RS0YOzBVGInhY/edit Pass it on! We have only until 1/18!

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  3. Great job.
    Please if you could add a separate page with LOST cats that is also searchable seperately. This would allow those of us trying to help match to do so much easier.

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  4. Thank you, Victoria! You do such fine work for lost pets! So many people, from all over, are working hard — sometimes with their hearts in their throats — to help Camp Fire survivors find their pets. It’s heartwarming. Thank you, everyone.

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  5. Thank you for the compilation of data and the time spent. It has been useful.
    Victoria G Shipley
    Lead Admin
    CAMP FIRE PARADISE CA AREA
    LOST FOUND ANIMALS

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