A house fire left a Farmington, Michigan couple with only the clothes on their backs, and their Guinness World Record cats missing. The couple fears they may have perished in the fire, but are offering up to $100,000 for their safe return.
Will and Lauren Powers are cat parents to some pretty amazing cats. Cygnus and Arcturus are both Guinness World Record holders. Cygnus is a Maine Coon with the world’s longest tail, and Arcturus is a spotted Savannah who is the world’s tallest cat.
Together, with another family cat of the Powers and a foster cat they were hosting, they are missing and thought possibly dead after a fire destroyed the Powers’ house and left them literally alive with only the clothes on their backs.
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Will Powers said he woke up to fire alarms and tried to find the cats before the smoke overtook him. In the process, he opened doors, hoping they were able to get out, before he barely escaped himself because firefighters pulled him from the blaze.
Now the couple is offering the reward in hopes that if they did somehow miraculously survive, they can be returned and the family can begin rebuilding together.
Their cat Sirius was a Bengal cat, and they were fostering a cat named Yuki from their local shelter–The Ferndale Animal Shelter. They often brought Arcturus and Cygnus to fundraising events to help the shelter, and were frequent foster parents who treated their cats like their children. Obviously, they are devastated. The couple was married last summer, and snuggling with their cats at the end of the day was a treat for them.
Area friends have left live traps in surrounding woods, but there has been no sign of any of the cats. A friend who was staying with her corgi was able to jump out of the second-story window, while Lauren was not home at the time of the fire, but Will was treated for smoke inhalation and injuries.
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Will has been a bitcoin fan for years, and has been saving for as long. On his Facebook page, he said he’d happily give it all up to have any of his boys back, and he also said that he and Lauren didn’t want anything done for them, but for the Ferndale shelter or the American Red Cross. He is offering $25,000 a cat (in Bitcoin) for any safe returns.
Will said that if people donate to those organizations, then the deaths of their cats are not meaningless and other families can love their cats like he and will love theirs.
Following alleged sightings in the Farmington Hills/Detroit Metro area, we are hopeful that any or all of the cats may have been able to escape the fire. If you are in the Farmington Hills area of metro-Detroit, please download the free "Tile" app and turn your bluetooth on. Three cats had on Tile collars and we will be notified if anyone using the app and Bluetooth comes within 100-150 feet of any collar we flagged. Please also report any sightings via private message. ALSO – please note that we are not accepting monetary donations. They can be made to the @americanredcross or @catsofferndale. We are accepting trail cams and/or larger live traps at 34151 Quaker Valley Lane, Farmington Hills, MI. Tile app info: Apple users: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/tile-find-lost-keys-phone/id664939913?mt=8 Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.thetileapp.tile&hl=en
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Arcturus, Cygnus and Sirius have a Tile Tracker attached to their collars, so users with the Tile app can help find them if they are out there. There have been recent tips and sightings, so we are hopeful with the Powers that their babies are found safe!