UPDATE: Family is Thanking the Community: Pets Found Alive After Devastating Fire
UPDATE: 03/20/2022 2026 The family reports that the cats have been found and are alive. One family member, Jaclyn Misiaszek, is thanking the public. Known on Facebook as "Mis Judy, she says, "The community has been so amazing helping us search for our babies. I truly appreciate it!!"
Westmoreland Family Looking for Missing Cats After Fire
A family in Westmoreland is asking for help from the public finding two cats who went missing after a fire this weekend.
In a Facebook post, user "Mis Judy" asks for help finding the cats:
"Good morning! Last night we lost our home on Cooper St Westmoreland/Vernon to a fire. Luckily, everyone made it out but our two cats got scared and ran. Shiloh, black and grey/beige, missing a front paw and Shay, beige, and brown with stripes. Neither are wearing collars. They are indoor cats so they will be scared but both are very sweet. Please be so kind to keep an eye out for them and let me know of any sightings as my family is devastated about them being missing."
Oneida County officials say the fire broke out at a home on Cooper Street in Westmoreland.
The American Red Cross of Central and Northern New York provided emergency aid to the home's residents - two adults and two children, ages seven and twelve.
The Red Cross says it will remain available to the family as they begin the process of rebuilding after the fire.
No other information about the fire or its cause is available at this time.
An important component of that process is locating the two feline family members.
How Residents Can Help the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross has been helping those in need since 1881. Volunteers are needed in Central and Northern New York. For information on volunteering, responding to home fires, or donating visit redcross.org or call: (800) RED-CROSS (800-733.2767).