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This sweet fellow thhas been hanging out TwOaks subdivisiJoliet needs home. | SUBMITTED PHOTO

This sweet fellow that has been hanging out in the Twin Oaks subdivision in Joliet needs a home. | SUBMITTED PHOTO

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Updated: January 15, 2013 1:05PM



With Christmas hysteria in full force, there will be a lot of impulse buying of pets — that “sweet kitten” or “adorable puppy” will be snapped up in desperation to find that “perfect gift.”

When the puppy proves destructive, or the kitten grows into a not-so-cute cat, pets often find themselves tossed out of the family minivan.

Please, think twice before succumbing to the impulse to buy your child a pet for Christmas. Stick with something that won’t starve to death — or worse — if it’s abandoned, like an iPhone.

Miracle marmalade cat

Angela Mauzer of Joliet found herself the unwitting caretaker of a wayward cat that wandered to her home a couple of weeks ago.

The marmalade cat has been hanging out in the Twin Oaks subdivision for the past couple of weeks, looking sad and forlorn. Being a responsible human being, Mauzer made some calls.

“I called the local animal shelters with no luck,” she said. “If the owners cannot be found, and with the cold weather approaching, I would like to find a home for him.”

Meanwhile, Mauzer has been caring for this sweet-natured cat. During the day, he sleeps under a neighbor’s deck. During the night, the Mauzers open their heated garage (and their hearts) to the cat.

“He sleeps on a blanket under a bench,” Mauzer said.

The cat is a domestic orange and cream longhair. A neutered male, he’s a big cat, but skinny, because he’s de-clawed, and cannot find food. It’s a miracle he’s alive.

Obviously, this cat was once loved by a family. Whether he was lost or abandoned is anyone’s guess.

“He is so friendly, he comes up to you, rubs against your legs, lies down and rolls over to be petted,” she said. “I do not want the shelter to take the cat. Since he is an older cat he will probably be put down.

Mauzer cannot keep the cat, but she is dreaming of a best-case scenario — the owners coming forth in tears to claim their beloved pet. If not, she hopes someone out there falls in love with the intelligent, sweet face of this Creamsicle of a cat.

Give me a call if you’re the owner or otherwise interested in this lover.

Keys … and a lock

Rod Jovanovich of Joliet brought in a key ring with a Toyota key, unmarked car key and three house keys, left behind a couple of weeks ago at St. George Social Club in Joliet, possibly after a fish fry.

Jim Mossberger of Joliet also found a key on Essington Road near Cemeno’s. It’s a generic vehicle key, stamped “Strattec.”

Dana Blatti of Shorewood brought in a padlock and keys with a “911 Emergency Will County” fob that she and her husband found in the westbound lane of Shepley Road, near River Road, in Shorewood.

Earring found at Carson’s

Teresa Evans of Joliet found a single earring at Carson’s at Louis Joliet Mall on Dec. 1 near an outside exit.

It’s a costume jewelry piece with a rectangular peach-colored stone about three-quarters of an inch long and a smaller orange stone.

If you’ve lost — or found — something, call 815-773-7178 or email rpanieri@stmedianetwork.com.



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