Cat Search Instruction & Tutorial

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

Click on the top line (ID) of any cat to see more info: where kitty was found, location now, history, notes, often more pics or videos! Click on cat’s picture to see larger picture. 

This is Disaster Assist Team’s library database of found Camp Fire cats, updated daily. It contains cats from every location that’s had found Camp Fire cats, within and outside of Butte County, and as of the one year anniversary of the fire, has over 1,400 cats. Cats at unofficial sites, including many vet clinics (which were not included in NVADG’s database, since those sites did not have a contract with Butte County), were added here, as well. It also has fostered and sighted cats posted on social media. Although we likely have them in the library, just to be sure, all fostered or sighted cats posted after 11/17/19 can be found in the numbered links (after #277) here

Scroll down for quick or advanced search instructions. Near the bottom are Additional Resources and links to two places still helping Camp Fire cats on the Ridge!  Please contact us if you’ve found your cat so we can update! To reach our Disaster Assist Team Facebook page, please click here. Thank you!

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

Instructions

This is a searchable photo library of all the found, rescued animals from the Camp Fire burn area. We are maintaining adopted and reunited pets’ info. here, so you know where they were adopted from. If you find that your pet was adopted out, please contact the last known location. MANY adopters are willing to give you back your pet, to arrange for custody sharing, or even for a Skype/FaceTime visit! It’s important for your cat to know that you survived, too.

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

VERY QUICK START–HOW TO SEARCH: Gather pics of your beloved cat, as detailed as possible. Study them carefully for anything distinctive about him/her. Then:

 (1) click on the MATCH tab, above, find your cat’s breed/color, and click “view.” That takes you to the library of all cats of that breed/color.  

(2) Click your cat’s gender under TAGS (in blue) to the right of the page.

(3) Click your cat’s fur length (short, medium, long) under TAGS (in blue) to the right of the page.

(4) Look through all the cats! Remember to click on the top line of any who could be yours. That will tell you more info about that cat–where found, where now, contact, more pics, etc.  Please remember that cats look VERY different under lighting, camera angle, stress, and post-injury; coat color can change from gray to tan; and cats have travelled up to 15 miles from home. Use the CONTACT tab, above, for help! (Note: ignore the green “Available” tag–it’s meaningless and assigned by the database, not by us.) 

ADVANCED MATCHING: If you’re trying to match cats for people looking for their cat, and have a specific cat in mind you’ve seen before who might be a match for someone, you might like to search a little deeper. Scroll down to see the ADVANCED SEARCHES section for instructions. That section also has more information about each of the “fields” or categories in the database.(The fields are dropdown menus on the advanced search menu, which you’ll see under #2, above.)  

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

Additional Resources & Help Needed!

If you didn’t find your cat in our database, please contact us for help.  

This Facebook group is a great place to get support, and post a pic and info about your lost kitty: Camp Fire Paradise CA Area LOST FOUND ANIMALS ! Many people from all over will help you there. If you live in the burn zone now, consider mounting a trail cam and posting any cats that it sees, and volunteering to stock feeding stations on your property (contact #2, below). You’ll be amazed! Remember to check back again, as we are still adding new cats to this database as they are found and sighted.

Organizations still rescuing and caring for Camp Fire cats in the burn zone who desperately need volunteers and donations are:

(1) FUR (Friends United in Rescue), friendsunitedinrescue.org, a registered nonprofit now, who are still rescuing and sheltering many Camp Fire cats on the Ridge–they are looking for donations, and for volunteers to help care for the cats there (on Edgewood Rd., Paradise), as well as fosters to accept CF cats into their homes before being adopted or reunited with owners;

(2) Camp Fire Cats Community Resource Team, 530-517-5770, who are caring for cats who have not yet been trapped by providing shelters and ongoing food at food stations, are looking for donations of food, small cat shelter construction, and locals to stock feeding stations! Winter is coming again… It is estimated by them and by FUR that there are many hundreds of Camp Fire HOUSECATS still on the Ridge as of the 1 year anniversary of the fire.

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

If you still don’t see your cat, don’t lose hope! Pets are still being found almost two years after the Tubbs Fire! Several Camp Fire cats wandered 15 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 cats, thank you!

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

Much love,

#DisasterAssistTeam

ADVANCED SEARCHES: MORE INFO

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 pet. 
  • Tags: pet’s description. This is the field you’ll use the most, after “collections.” We describe your pet’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. 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 an animal 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 (buff tabbies, orange & white tabbies, orange cats), Black Cats, White Cats, 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 a specific pet from the search results, so please take the time to do so, as it can be 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 7 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 you pet has a very distinctive characteristic, such as kink in tail, try searching that! We might have seen it too, and entered it as a tag.

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 the first year anniversary of the fire, there are over 1,400 cats in the database.  223 of these have been reunited since 1/19; many more have been 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-pet 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 gray 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 gray cat.
  6. Click Search.

This will give you all the pets at the Chico Animal Shelter in our database that have the term gray cat as a tag, as well as all pets with a tag that includes the words gray and cat.

Another example is to search for a calico cat at Paradise Animal Shelter that has a black nose and 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 animals 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. We’re uncertain if that also includes most recent edits.
  • 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. This feature is not used.

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.