Plastic-covered fliers have been posted around 13th and Dickinson in the hopes of finding a cat so beloved that the owner is willing to shell out $1,000 for its return, no questions asked.
Owner Greg DiStefano said his pet, a neutered indoor-outdoor cat named Pookie, went out the night of Oct. 13 and never came back. He says the cat must be either dead or in someone’s house.
DiStefano has placed several ads on Craigslist saying Pookie is “being held against his will.” He even took out ads in the South Philly Review.
“After he didn’t come back Sunday night, I knew something was wrong,” DiStefano said. “I feel as though someone has him.”
He said the cat has no collar because his last cat “nearly strangled himself to death.” He also quickly noted that he doesn’t believe there is any nefarious motive. “I think someone thought it was a stray cat and just took it in. I don’t think it was a malicious catnapping.”
How about that $1,000? ”At least it’s not one of my kids, but I’ve had the cat for seven years and he’s like a family member,” he said.
Keep an eye out.