Buddha the missing cat advertised in large downtown mural
The owner of a missing cat named Buddha decided a large graffiti wall in downtown Ottawa would be the perfect place to ask for help.
Every day, hundreds of OC Transpo buses with thousands of riders pass by the highly visible wall of graffiti art.
It took Buddha's owner, Kayleigh Julien, and her two friends about five hours to create the mural, which stands about four metres tall and nine metres wide.
Julien told CBC News she rescued the stray cat in the winter nearly two years ago. The cat disappeared after Julien moved from Gatineau's Hull neighbourhood to downtown Ottawa.
"I'm afraid people might think he's a stray because he used to live on the street for so long. He was out for an entire winter at one point. He had frostbitten paws when I took him in. I had to nurse him back to health," Julien said.
"He had been outside for a number of months. His paws were completely black. His ears were completely black. His eye was completely infected shut. It took us months to heal him back to health."
Buddha was wearing a leopard-print collar when he was last seen on Aug. 8.