Alissa Grosso is thankful for print media
In this age of digital everything and instant communication, it was a good old fashioned newspaper that brought Alissa’s cat back to her. Yup, he saw the ad and came right on back home. . . what? No, it was a little bit more complicated than that.
Alissa placed an advertisement in a free local classified newspaper, what is commonly called a penny saver. The same day that the paper came out, she received a call from someone who had seen her cat. They had put out food and a cozy cat carrier to try and help the cat who looked pathetic, but who also looked like he might belong to someone. During this conversation, it transpired that Alissa and this helpful resident who lives all of a block and half away have seen each other when they were both out walking their dogs.
This helpful lady, then started asking some other folks on the block if they had seen the kitty since it had been a few days after she had last seen him. She soon learned that another helpful person in town had taken the wayward kitty in and was keeping him in his basement, but since these folks were going away on vacation they had taken him up to the local animal shelter.
The next day Alissa showed up the shelter, where she was reunited with Alci, a bit more snotty and bedraggled than usual, but thankfully safe and sound. He did spend at least the next 24 hours meowing away, apparently in an effort to tell her of all his crazy adventures.
What’s interesting is that the folks who had taken Alci into their basement had snapped a photo of him, and had placed it online on the town’s Facebook page or some Facebook page or something like that. The information was a bit muddy. Alissa made an attempt to find this photo online, especially since she didn’t want to get her hopes up too much before her trip to the animal shelter, but she was never able to track down this picture.
The internet is great for many things, and Alissa is thankful to have it, but there’s still something to said for the power of words printed on paper and the need for local media. Alissa is thankful to everyone who helped Alci and helped to make it back home including cat-loving neighbors, patient animal shelter works and the good folks at Penny Power.