[Vision2020] Caturday (January 3, 2015)

Moscow Cares moscowcares at moscow.com
Sat Jan 3 05:17:59 PST 2015

Courtesy of The Telegraph (London, England) at:


Missing cat Garfield reunited with owner after being lost for 7 years
Nine-year-old Garfield is back at his home in Cardiff after Cats Protection's Bridgend Adoption Centre managed to track down his owner
A ginger cat missing for seven years has found its way home for the first time ready for 2015. 
Garfield disappeared after going on the prowl from his home in Bridgend, South Wales, in 2008. 
Despite not going far Garfield's CAT-nav apparently malfunctioned and he eventually ended up going back to a different home in the same area. 
He was taken in by another family who believed he was a stray before they decided to take him to the Cats Protection Bridgend Adoption Centre. 
There it was discovered Garfield had a microchip and despite an old address being listed the centre was able to track down his original owner Julie Calder. 
Ms Calder came to collect Garfield from the centre on Tuesday in an emotional reunion. 
She 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 said Garfield had been very grumpy during his time with Cats Protection but was visibly relaxed as soon as he saw his owner. 
Sue Dobbs, manager of the centre, 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. 
"Microchipping 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."
Microchips contain a unique identification number and are inserted under the cat's skin between his shoulder blades. 
Cats Protection's Bridgend Adoption Centre is part of a national network of more than 250 volunteer-run branches and 31 adoption centres that together help over 194,000 cats and kittens every year.
Julie Calder, from Rumney, is reunited with her ginger cat Garfield Photo: BPM Media


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