Welwyn Garden City family reunited with missing cat after a year
PUBLISHED: 14:21 09 April 2018 | UPDATED: 14:21 09 April 2018
The RSPCA is urging all cat owners to get their pets microchipped after reuniting a missing Welwyn Garden City puss with his family after he disappeared a year ago.
The animal welfare charity was contacted on Monday, April 2, by a woman who had spotted a cat outside The Doctors Tonic in Welwyn Garden City.
RSPCA animal collection officer (ACO) Kate Wright went to check on the cat as the caller said his fur was badly matted and he appeared to be limping.
The caller kindly stayed with cat until Kate arrived.
ACO Wright said: “He was quite matted but seemed okay otherwise and, thankfully, was microchipped.
“I contacted the number on his chip and sure enough the cat, called Zeus, had been missing for over a year!”
His family, who lived less than three miles away from where Zeus was found, were thrilled to have him home.
Three-year-old Nebelung cross Zeus had gone missing after escaping from an open window at his owner’s granddaughter’s house. She had been looking after him in July 2017 while her grandmother was on holiday.
They searched and searched for him but he had seemingly vanished.
Zeus’s owner, who has asked not to be named, said: “We went out looking for him, put up posters but eventually I lost hope.
“I hoped someone had picked him up and was looking after him.
“Then, this week, I had a call from the RSPCA. I couldn’t believe they’d found him. It’s so nice to have him home.”
Zeus obviously knew he was home and settled in right away - finding his favourite spot on the bed.
ACO Wright added: “Zeus’s story just goes to show the importance of having your pet microchipped.
“Although he’d been missing a year and his owners had almost given up hope, once he came into RSPCA care it was very quick and easy for us to get him back where he belongs.
“While it’s only a legal requirement in this country to have your dog microchipped, we’d urge all pet owners to get their pets chipped as it can help them find their way home quickly if they ever get lost or go missing.”
To help the RSPCA continue rescuing cats like Zeus and helping them find their way home donate by visiting www.rspca.org.uk/give.
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