News Blog for Seattle's Maple Leaf Neighborhood


News about Mr. Grumbles, another cat – and crime

August 26th, 2014 by Mike

News from around the neighborhood in the past few days:

Mr. Grumbles (Do you know this cat hanging on 12th N.E.), the neighborhood cat who walks by himself and visits many homes, apparently has quite a few fans.

He may soon have his own Facebook page, his owner speculates. He was originally found living behind a dumpster, she says.

We may actually start a Facebook page (ridiculous) for him, to explain his story and advise people to not feed him/ let him inside, as he loves variety and free choice of where he stays… he just doesn’t know any better.

Meanwhile, Hallie emails: “I am part of the neighborhood … I have a cat that needs a home and I was hoping that you might be able to help.”

Rio is a male tabby with a bull’s eye design on his sides. He’s an outdoor cat and about 9 years old. Email Hallie at

Finally, since our last crime report in mid-July, it appears there have been right at 17 burglaries in Maple Leaf, according to the police crime map.

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Yard sales this Saturday to support children, cats

July 22nd, 2014 by Mike

Saturday brings two yard sales – one here and one nearby – to benefit good causes.

The Friends of Campus Cats Jumble Sale is being held here in Maple Leaf at 10 a.m. on July 26th.

An hour earlier, at 9 a.m., the Seattle Ronald McDonald House will host its second annual Sidewalk Sale in Wedgwood.

The local sale, benefiting cat rescue on the University of Washington campus and several neighborhoods, including Maple Leaf, is at 536 N.E. 100th St. Watch for the signs on Roosevelt Way Northeast.

The organizers are also still looking for donations:

This year’s fabulous Campus Cats Jumble Sale is set for July 26 (final Saturday of the month), right in the heart of lovely Maple Leaf. Come one, come all—even dog lovers are welcome!  We open at 10 a.m., and have a strict no-early-bird, no-whining policy.

All our items are donated goods, and 100% of the proceeds go to Friends of Campus Cats, a charity that manages and rescues (where possible) feral cats on the University of Washington campus and various neighborhoods around the city.

We are still gratefully accepting donations (which are tax-deductible, by the way, as we are a 501(c)(3) organization). We accept books, CDs, DVDs, knick-knacks, collectibles, kitchenware, crafts and hobby supplies, small appliances, jewelry and the like. The more, the better, for both your tax return and for our fuzzy charges. We will gladly pick up if you are unable to deliver, so please call or email to make arrangements.

Also needed are volunteers to help on the day of the sale. Again, please email or call for details.

Contact Sharon Talbert, 206-442-2051 (voicemail) or

The other sale, “featuring 10,00s of items donated by local businesses including Chef’n, Compendium, Kid’s Club, Super Jock ‘N Jill and more,” takes place in front of the Ronald McDonald House, 5130 40th Ave. N.E.

Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Western Washington & Alaska supports seriously ill children and their families. At the Seattle Ronald McDonald House, we provide a “home-away-from-home” to help families through a difficult time. We also provide a van service for families staying in Anchorage while their children receive medical care.

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Adventurous feline Benjamin B. is back home

September 13th, 2011 by Mike

Benjamin Bunny (who is in actual fact a cat) is back in his familiar lawn at Seattle Creative Kids Preschool.

He headed out on Sunday, Sept. 4, apparently to find adventure.

A week later Sheila, from the school at 9221 12th Ave. N.E.,  emails:

Thank you for your help with finding Benjamin – he has been found. Apparently he made his way down to 100th and moved in with a nice woman who gave him food and shelter. She called as soon as she found out where he belonged and we were reunited.

However, the very next day she called to let me know he was back at her house. (He is back home now.)

Again, thanks for your assistance in getting him home. Lots of people called and stopped by to give me tips/leads and express their concern.

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Lost cat near N.E. 82nd and Eighth Ave. N.E.

April 10th, 2011 by Mike

Update 8 p.m.:

We found Chuck! A good neighbor had him and returned him. (Now we just have to run around the neighborhood and take down all the signs we posted…:)

Thank you so much for your help!


Elizabeth writes: “We have lost our cat, Chuck. He has been missing since April 7. He is fat, brown with stripes, fixed, and friendly.”

Chuck went missing from the neighborhood around Northeast 82nd Street and Eighth Avenue Northeast. You can reach Elizabeth at 206-455-1807. (She’s putting up fliers today.)

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A pair of neighborhood animal reports

February 9th, 2011 by Mike

Animal Report No. 1: Amy e-mailed us this morning about a stray cat.

Found a friendly black cat wandering with a short tail at 65th and Ravenna, near the I-5 exit. He’s now at Animal Talk Rescue. Know this cat? Call us. 206.526.1558

Animal Report No. 2: The Scarlet-fronted Parakeets of Maple Leaf are back. That’s the flock that migrates between here and Seward Park every year. They were spotted (or, more likely,  heard) at about 9 a.m on Monday, Feb. 7, at Northeast 90th Street and 12th Avenue Northeast, according to a note left on the Maple Leaf Dog Oasis white board.

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Fugitive feline found at Maple Leaf Ace Hardware

September 10th, 2010 by Mike

Donna, from Maple Leaf Ace Hardware, writes:

“I just dropped off a young cat at the Animal Shelter. He was darting in and out of our store,  around our parking lot, and crossed busy Roosevelt at least twice.”

Sadly, a technical malfunction prevents us from publishing the fugitive cat’s photo (no card in the camera, sigh) but he’s described as a medium-hair gray cat (with a long-haired tail), approximately six- to eight-months old, with some white on his paws.  “Very loving and snuggly.”

The phone number for the Seattle Animal Shelter is 206-386-4294 during business hours and 386-PETS after hours. The case number is 11319.

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