UPDATE: 11-year old Cat, last seen in Three Tree Point, has been FOUND

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UPDATE 11/3/13 5 p.m.: Ian Kelley sent us this update:

Thank you so much for posting about Balu on the B-Town Blog. I just found him about an hour ago. I had canvased most of the area for hours and hours over the last couple days, but apparently he had fallen into a 7-8′ deep concrete pit under the crawlspace of a neighboring house. He would surely have starved to death there, and I have no idea why such an open pit exists (2.5′ x 6′ wide, 6-8′ deep). Perhaps it was some ill-formed wine cellar plan that never materialzed.

Fortunately, my other cat (a much younger and robust indoor/outdoor cat) tipped me off to his location after I followed him around outside desperately asking him to “find Balu” (a long shot I admit…). He crawled into a very small opening to the crawlspace of a neighboring house, and I following him on a wishful hunch. Once in, I was able to call out for Balu, who fortunately answered several times (I heard that often they will not answer) and I was able to track him down. After calling in help (in case I also got stuck in the pit), I was able to ascend down with a rope and retrieve him. He seems to be doing well. I am SO RELIEVED!

Again, thanks for your help and for posting to the Blog!


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PREVIOUSLY: Ian Kelley tells us that his 11-year old grey-colored house cat accidentally got let out by a guest Friday night at the 16500 block of Maplewild in Burien’s Three Tree Point neighborhood.

“Unfortunately, right in time for last night’s storms,” he said. “My house is one of the ‘walk ins’ off of the Indian Trail.”

The cat’s name is ‘Balu’ and he is a Russian Blue, grey in color:



“He is the nicest cat I have ever had and an integral part of our family,” Ian added. “He will likely scare easily and be hiding somewhere since he is not used to being outside (this is his first time in over 6 years).”

“Any information leading to his safe return would be greatly appreciated!”

If you’ve seen ‘Balu’ please contact Ian Kelley at 206 387 9377 or [email protected].

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