Suzie is missing, and the Georgelin family is hoping a loving family has taken her in.
Suzie is a 14-year-old calico cat who was involved in the Aug. 3 arson house fire on Dunbar Street in Maple Ridge.
While Joanne and her daughter Rebecca were home at the time of the early morning blaze, and were able to grab their large dogs Ginger and George, the feline member of the family is still unaccounted for.
“We have a strong feeling she has been taken in by a loving home, but our lives would be so much more complete if she could come back to us,” Joanne said Monday, after sharing the good news that she’s found a new home for her family.
The family lost virtually everything in the fire, and had no insurance. Hearing of the Georgelin’s plight, the community has come been coming to their aid in the past week.
“We all want to express our heartfelt gratitude to everyone in this community,” Joanne said. “Never in a million years would we have expected that we counted in so many people’s hearts – it’s extremely humbling.”
While the list was long of all the items the family needs as they rebuild their lives, Joanne said individuals and businesses in the community have stepped forward and tried to help fill those needs.
“There are often so many negative things said about people, so many grumbles about the problems in our community, but when you step back and look at it, this community is amazing,” she said.
“Your neighbours, your friends, your loved ones, every one of them make up this community and every one of you can and do make it better for one another by simply opening your hearts, exactly how you have done it for us. From Rebecca, Elizabeth and I, we bow our heads to you with a very humbling thank you. You will never know how greatly you have touched our lives and our futures.”
Donations of household items, clothing, and furniture are continuing to be collected through Friday.
Those with donations are asked to call Carla between noon and 8 p.m. before Aug. 16 at 604-463-8321.
Alternatively, a fund has been set up for the family. Financial donations can be made at Westminster Savings credit union, account number 451548214.
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