New Ballard resident offers $2,000 to find cat

Update: Nala has returned home after she went missing a week and a half ago. Here’s a note from Charlie Shin, who posted on the My Ballard Group about Nala a week ago:

“After a harrowing week and half…Nala just showed up last night and walked up to her mom in the back porch. I received a FaceTime call from Sonya and couldn’t believe my eyes. I think the last time I had tears was when I was 10.”

Shin thanks everyone for their help in looking for Nala. 

Original: We’ve seen a lot of lost pets over the years, but a new Ballard resident is pulling out all the stops to to find her missing cat — including offering a $2,000 reward.

On the same day she moved to Ballard, Sonya says her timid calico cat Nala escaped her home at 65th St. and 10th Ave. Since then, Sonya has been canvassing the area, putting up posters, visiting shelters, installing surveillance cameras and posting the news on just about every social media account and message board she and her friends can find.

Members of the My Ballard Group have kicked into gear as well, offering ideas, spreading the news and even helping put up posters around the neighborhood.

The cat escaped on July 21st, and Sonya believes she could be hiding nearby.

If you see Nala, here’s the number to call in this Facebook post.

Geeky Swedes

The founders of My Ballard

37 thoughts to “New Ballard resident offers $2,000 to find cat”

  1. Poor kitty. I know I’d give anything to find a pet so I understand why she’s offering that much – it got the attention of this blog and now see how many more of us will be looking out for the puss. Thank you myBallard for posting this.

  2. Sonya, try to find your cat Nala around your old place you lived with your cat before moving to your new home. Very often cats make attempts to return to their old homes.

  3. I have 2 wonderful cats. I couldn’t imagine 1 of them going missing. I hope that over the weekend your buddy was found? I will keep my eyes open west of 15th NW on 65th for you! Don’t do FB as it truly is the opiate of the masses.

      1. You could remind your neighbor that raccoons carry Leptospirosis, a bacterial disease that is excreted in their urine and can get on neighborhood outdoor cats and dogs (which lick the urine) and humans – it causes flu-like symptoms. However, worse yet is Baylisascaris, a roundworm carried by raccoons that can survive in an infectious form in the soil for years – be aware of this if the raccoons have established a latrine in your yard. You have to ingest the eggs (more common with children) but if you do the worms can hatch out and move around the body causing tiredness, lack of coordination, loss of muscle control, blindness, and coma depending on where they end up. It would be best if: all cats were indoor cats (thus no outdoor cat food) and anyone who actively feeds raccoons is promulgating a public health risk.

  4. Pray you find your cat, animals so helpless/cut out all the email drama and do something good for your life. You might feel different if was your cat! SAD IN TX

  5. don’t ever give up hope…back in 2010 my latest rescue dog (with severe people anxiety) broke her leash at NW 65th and 8th. She was missing until the 11th morning when a dog in Fremont alerted the owner to “something” hiding in bushes/hedge & she was reunited with her “big sister doggy” & myself later that day.
    MY BALLARD community went above & beyond for us, asking to print a more detailed story after seeing one of my “Lost Dog” posters around the area….then donated money directly to the vet on 8th & Leary (& the specialty surgery center she went to next) – sometime during those missing 11 days she’d been hit by a car & had a “long-term” dislocated rear hip (the longer it goes without treatment, the more dangerous it becomes (risk of death from blood clot(s) or other complications) & the more involved + costly the vet bills become.
    The My Ballard community donated directly to the vet/surgical center almost $5000 of the nearly $8000 of my baby-dog’s medical expenses after she was found….& I don’t know if we ever thanked you all for the outpouring of concern and assistance.
    The “old lady dog” of the house is now around 13 years old & is teaching our latest rescue (a 2-3 yr old shep-mix, twice abandoned & untrained) the “care & duties of taking care of her human.”

    Sorry, bit off topic – I know…but we’ll keep an eye out for your fur-baby on our frequent area walks.

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