7 months and 150 miles later, Henry the Grump is back home thanks to a microchip.
According to his owner, Bridget Wells, the 14-year-old cat had been missing from his home in Swansea, Wales, since last September. He was found 150 miles away, in Coventry. He was turned in to a PDSA clinic by a young woman in Coventry who said she’d been feeding him on the street for a month. The PDSA scanned him successfully for a microchip, Wells was contacted, and a reunion was arranged.
Wells said she was “stunned” when the call came. She drove to Coventry that night and found the once elegant Henry was dreadlocked, matted and grey.
“He had a scar on his cheek and was very dazed,” she said. Back home, Henry is still finding his feet but his bright white color is returning.
Wells said that Henry seemed “a bit shell-shocked” after spending weeks, if not months, on the streets but was slowly returning to his “large, elegant, grumpy” self.
Wells had done everything imaginable to find Henry. “I put up posters, I walked the streets. Every week I phoned the PDSA, I phoned all the vets. They got to know my voice.
“I came to the conclusion that he must have been catnapped. He’s had collars but he gets rid of them very quickly. Maybe someone thought he was stray.
“He seems to be coming back to himself. He’s always been a bit grumpy so it’s great that he’s got his old grump back.
“Thank goodness he was chipped and they could reunite him with me and not have to make a decision about whether to re-home him, given the condition he was in and his age.”
A spokeswoman for the PDSA said, “Cases like this where a cat is found so many miles away from home are extremely rare and unusual.
“This case highlights the importance of micro-chipping your pet as many pets go missing every year and sadly some are never found.”
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