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Where is BeeBop? A neighborhood waits for any sign of absent cat

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Brooklyn Heights residents and cat ladies of the Internet want to know: Where is BeeBop?

The skittish tuxedo cat ran away from his home on Columbia Place in June, but owner Cathy Sheehan and her 1,300 Facebook supporters aren’t giving up — turning the search into the latest feline whodunit since that cat who was missing at JFK for two months.

“My heart is broken beyond repair,” said Sheehan, a legal secretary who moved to Maine over the summer to care for a sick relative. “But I can’t just give up. This is a cat neighborhood and somebody took him in.”

BeeBop, a feisty feral tom who loves bacon, went missing on June 28 after a mover left the door open. A few days later, he was found at the Heights Players community theater on Willow Place. A member of the troupe kept the cat there for several days, but before Sheehan could retrieve her beloved, someone else freed the cat so that he wouldn’t urinate on the costumes.

Ever since, Sheehan has tirelessly posted “Missing” ads on Craigslist for her neutered pet, who is black with a white belly and a white chin with a black nose and black spot on the right side of his face.

She has also consulted with pet psychics and enlisted locals to circulate fliers — many of which were mysteriously torn down.

Sheehan and her search team believes that BeeBop is the next Jack the Cat, the mouser that became an international celebrity after disappearing at the airport, setting off a two-month search that involved airline staff, thousands of Facebook fans, psychics and a pet detective.

The cat was successfully retrieved.

In Sheehan’s case, the prognosticators are optimistic about the 2-year-old tabby, saying he is still in the area.

“I don’t want to have a thousand crazy cat ladies walking around Brooklyn Heights screaming for him, but people want to keep the momentum going,” Sheehan said.

The psychic told Sheehan that BeeBop was likely being cared for by a local family, and has divulged several possible addresses. In each case, Sheehan’s cat-loving friends have showed up unannounced at the addresses, causing some neighbors to misinterpret all the concern about BeeBop as some kind of weird cat-thieving ring.

“It’s amazing to have so much effort in the neighborhood for one cat,” said Heights resident Mary Reventlow. “He’s around — we just have to persevere.”

Dorothy Sherman, a member of the Brooklyn Bridge Animal Welfare Coalition, said that male cats tend to wander in a 10-block radius.

She plans to visit a local construction site where several people have sighted a black cat, bringing her secret weapons for trapping: sardines and fried chicken.

“I’ve seen several instances where the people do recover animals four months later,” Sherman said. “The problem is that Cathy has to depend on the kindness of strangers to help her.”

Anyone with information on BeeBop should contact Sheehan at (917) 837-6899 or visit www.facebook.com/whereisbeebop. There’s a $325 reward for his safe return — no questions asked.

Reach Kate Briquelet at kbriquelet@cnglocal.com or by calling her at (718) 260-2511.

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Jeanie Coolahan from Arizona City, AZ says:
Thank you for this article......I sincerely hope it helps locate BeeBop. As an animal lover, I cannot fathom losing any one of my furry kids. They are in my heart and it would break if any of them were gone.
Keep on looking for BeeBop, he's out there and will be found!
Nov. 15, 2011, 10:44 am
Cathy from Brooklyn Heights says:
Again, we are offering $325 REWARD/NO QUESTIONS ASKED for the return of our kitty. Thank you!
917-837-6899
Nov. 15, 2011, 11:56 am
Joan O'Neill from Dover DE says:
Thanks for giving BeeBop a helping hand at getting reunited with his true owner. While it's possible he is in good hands presently, he is not where he belongs. Hopefully he will soon be back with Ms. Sheehan.

Not a "crazy cat lady," but surely an animal lover:)
Nov. 15, 2011, 1:19 pm
Noreen Beaufrere from Seattle, WA says:
As a former NYer, I want to thank for being compassionate enough to publish this detailed article. He is apparently in the area, so the notoriety should help tremendously :)
Nov. 15, 2011, 1:45 pm
Erin from Mississippi says:
I hope that Beebop is found safe and sound. I was a fojo too. Paws crossed for a safe and happy ending soon.
Nov. 15, 2011, 2:24 pm
Rose Ann Zuna from Queens 11418 says:
Thank you for the story
Nov. 15, 2011, 2:31 pm
Lisa from Florida says:
Thank you for the article!!
Nov. 15, 2011, 7:13 pm
Sue from Birmingham UK says:
Thanks so much for writing this story up. Let's hope BeeBop comes home soon.
Nov. 15, 2011, 7:28 pm
Sue from Birmingham says:
1. Not in keeping with the tone of the article

2. Not helpful and really quite offensive

3. Not funny
Nov. 16, 2011, 11:46 am
Mao from DUMBO says:
Beebop was delicious! But she kind of tasted like chicken.
Nov. 16, 2011, 1:08 pm
Clay from Altoona, PA says:
I am a real pet psychic. I have done a courtesy reading based upon the photo and Ms. Briquelet's lovely article. Thank you for getting the word out Kate! (Despite all odds)
The results of my reading I would like to share with all those who have been following this saga for many weeks and months. Beebop is alive in Brooklyn. Unfortunately, her fate is in jeopardy. She is currently in custody of a deranged and self-aggrandizing "novelist" from Williamsburg who subjects his "wife" (yea right) and whomever else he can to his blowhard verbosity and ridiculously arrogant tirades about crime statistics. The sad irony is, in fact, that Dennis Sinned is an animal thief, and a likely candidate for the first prosecution in Kings county for beastiality since before gentrification. (There's a statistic) I call on all those who support Beebop to hire investigators, attorneys and guerilla mercenaries to descend upon "Dennis the Cat Thief" before it is too late. Save Beebop and stop Dennis Sinned.
Nov. 16, 2011, 1:25 pm
Dave from Park Slope says:
Some psychic. The article IDs BeeBop as a male.
Nov. 16, 2011, 1:36 pm
Jeanie Coolahan from Arizona City, AZ says:
I think the comments made by Sun Yet Sen and Mao should be removed immediately. They are disgusting.
Nov. 16, 2011, 3:49 pm
Karen from Raleigh, NC says:
Thank you for publishing the article on BeeBop. As a pet lover, I would be beside myself if my furry baby were to go missing. What could be better than your story leading to BeeBop's safe return?
Nov. 16, 2011, 6 pm
Horace from Fresno, CA says:
I agree with Karen! This desecration of poor Beebop's fate must be stopped immediately. Cat lovers of the world should untie as one and boycott this comment chain. It is disgusting and deplorable that anyone would deign joke about a matter of such critical import to so many around the global. I think I speak for the entire Pacific time zone when I say that we are all holding personal candlelight vigils for Beepbop in our hearts. May Beebop"s tail be warm and his lives plentiful. Beebop< you have changed me as a person and those who support you have buoyed my confidence in the intelligence and compassion of human and animal kind alike. Long live Beebop and long live seriousness!
Nov. 16, 2011, 9:26 pm
michael vick from south philly says:
It's a good thing sun yet sen got beebop before I could get my hands on him.
Nov. 16, 2011, 10:25 pm
ACB from outside NY says:
Please have some respect. If a member of your family was missing you would not want people posting insensitive and hurtful comments. Kindly do the same here.

The owner of this cat desperately misses her pet and would love nothing more than to have him back...no questions asked!

If you know of anything please contact the owner or visit our facebook page - can you please help us bring Beebop back in time for Thanksgiving? It would mean so much to his family.

http://www.facebook.com/WhereisBeeBop
Nov. 17, 2011, 8:02 am
RR from Outside NY says:
Thanks for writing the article on BeeBop - hopefully someone will see this and know he is lost and bring BeeBop home! But the article is mistaken - Jack the cat was not successfully "retrieved". Jack fell from the ceiling through a loose tile at JFK terminal 8, and was starving and dehydrated after 2 months of being lost. American Airlines did nothing to find Jack after they let his carrier fall and break open, and he was right above their heads the entire time. Unfortunately, Jack's condition and injuries were too grave, and he had to be euthanized to prevent further suffering. Let's all get BeeBop a happy ending in honor of Jack!
Nov. 17, 2011, 1:24 pm
Bonbon from Wessex says:
Hey all you non-well wishers: Not the time to be what you consider "funny" cos if you are sick enough to think it in your head, you are too far gone when you feel the need to put it in writing. Do you really actually "hear" anybody laughing at your hideous remarks? Your comments should be voided. Since you have your freedom of speech, why don't you put it to better use for something that you feel strongly about, for real. Go spend your time committing less evil, inhumane acts of indifference. Turn yourself around; you can do good, somehow, I hope?? Really, you are NOT humorous at all! When you find pleasure in someone else's grief, you should just stop and rethink yourSELF. Are you that perfect, ever so almighty that you are above any grievance you may have to deal with during your short time on this earth? You thoughtless bastards? May God help you save your sorry ass. Hell is forever!
Nov. 17, 2011, 7:35 pm
Bonbon from Wessex says:
Btw, thank you Sue, which was the short version of my say.
Nov. 17, 2011, 7:36 pm
Bill from Buffalo says:
Now we know why the Heights Players theater smells like cat urine. Thanks for the update!
Nov. 18, 2011, 11:37 am
Greg from Myrtle Beach, SC says:
Ok, so here's the thing right. It's not a member of someone's family. It's not a person who deserves to be reunited for Thanksgiving. It's a cat. A cat. Whoever feeds a cat owns a cat. Someone else is feeding the cat. That's it. Or it's dead. End of story.
Get lives cat ladies and gentlemen. The story was written. Move on.
Nov. 18, 2011, 7:31 pm
Lynette Scavo from Fairview says:
OK, so, here's the thing right, Greg. It IS member of someone's family. It is a family pet who deserves to be reunited with its family for Thanksgiving. It's a CAT. A CAT. Whoever feeds a cat does NOT own a cat. YES, someone else is feeding the cat. That's it. The cat was never found on the side of the road. Therefore the cat is not dead. The story has not ended. Move on Greg...you don't belong here if you haven't any compassion. Maybe there is a small, sick child involved....maybe if you ever have a family you will understand...
Don't judge people without knowing.
Nov. 18, 2011, 7:42 pm
Greg from Myrtle Beach, SC says:
@ Lynette. I love how you say: "Don't judge people without knowing." and at the same time ASSUME that I don't have a family. I do have a family. I also have pets. There is a distinction between my family members and my pets.
The fact there might be "a small, sick child involved" is both speculative and irrelevant to my comment while highly inflamatory and unwarranted.
My little sister happens to live in Brooklyn and I like to keep tabs on her neighborhood by checking in on this paper. I only commented because of the ludicrous emotionality of commentors from all over the country regarding a missing cat. Clearly the woman was begging for the paper to write this story and they did so.
I just think people from Arizona, N.C., the UK and wherever else need to chill out. I am not judging anyone's family like you are to me Lynette.
Nov. 19, 2011, 3:49 pm
Lynette Scavo from Fairview says:
does your little sister have the cat? You sound like a loser. Why do you care what anybody else does unless you have an emotional invested interest in this situation and article. So what, who cares! Maybe the woman who is begging for the article has friends in the UK, Arizona and NC. You clearly don't! Hope you don't lose your pets!
Nov. 19, 2011, 6:44 pm
Lynette Scavo from Fairview says:
@Greg: with that attitude, nobody is going to help you!
Nov. 19, 2011, 6:45 pm
Chris from BK Heights says:
I go out to Willowtown at least 3 times a week to see if I can catch a glimpse of BeeBop. I thought I saw him one time but it turned out to be a different tuxedo cat that lives in the house on the corner of Willow and Clinton. BeeBop has a very distinguished spot in his nose!

Poor guy. He must miss his family. I am an animal lover (I have a very old I can't imagine life without) so I know how BeeBop's family is grieving.

Deep down I think someone took him. When BeeBop first went missing over the summer, someone went out and took all the missing cat posters down within a day of the owner putting them up. If BeeBop is being withheld from his family...well that's just despicable behavior. Its one thing to take in an animal that's a stray...but when you see someone looking for him, you are just a horrible human being if you don't give him back.

I wish BeeBop's family the best of luck, and I hope its happy holiday for all involved.
Nov. 23, 2011, 12:43 am
Linda from pittsburgh says:
Did they every find BeeBop?
Dec. 15, 2013, 6:55 pm
David Watts from Brooklyn says:
This woman is a fraud. She's been milking this lost cat for three years and soliciting donations on Facebook. It's sad and criminal at the same time.
Sept. 16, 2014, 9:16 pm

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