The lost cat returns after 7 Years
We’ll meet again!
In 2008 Mrs Julie Calder who lives in Wales, lost her cat Garfield who failed to return home after going out for his regular prowl. It transpired that Garfield had turned up at another family home in the same area where the residents believing him to be a stray took him in. They eventually took him to the Cats Protection Bridgend Adoption centre, where upon checking him for a microchip discovered one and managed to ascertain establish an old address listing which allowed the centre to track down Mrs Calder.
Mrs Calder was reunited with Garfield in January this year at the Cats protection centre. An emotional Mrs Calder said: “I am over the moon to have Garfield back home after seven years. I never stopped thinking about him and wandering where he was. He is going to be very spoilt now.” Carers at the centre were amazed at how relaxed Garfield was with his owner and how easily she was able to handle him, because he had been quite grumpy during his time at the centre.
Centre manager Sue Dobbs, said:
“Julie just picked him up, something we haven’t been able to do, and he proceeded to lick her face.
“Apparently he used to do this before he went missing. It was lovely to see.
“It’s a great feeling to reunite Garfield and Julie, especially at this time of year.”
“Thousands of cats go missing every year and sadly almost one in two never return so we’re grateful that in this case at least there’s been a happy ending.
“Micro chipping cats, and keeping the contact details up-date, significantly increase the chances of happy reunion if those cats should ever go missing.
“And if you are feeding a stray too, then consider ringing a local animal charity or a vet to see if a scan may reveal a microchip.”
The Cats Protection’s national network of over 250 centres and 31 adoption centres are all run by volunteers and together help over 194,000 cats each year.