Reunited At Last: Community Comes Together to Find Missing Cat
An Ashford, UK, woman has praised her community for helping find the pet cat she feared she would never see again.
Rachael Gardiner, 23, plastered 'missing' posters across the Ashford area in a desperate bid to locate her 18-month old chocolate point Tonkinese cat, Marmite.
Marmite went missing on Monday, July 19, which was abnormal for her usually attentive kitty. But despite fears he might have been trapped somewhere, or even stolen, a lucky phone call on the evening of Sunday, August 8, claimed he had been seen at Bedfont Lakes, about half a mile from their home.
Gardiner and her partner, Peter Donaldson, rushed down to the area, and after some frantic searching, finally located Gardiner's beloved kitty.
"I am just so grateful to the lady that phoned and can't thank her enough," Gardiner said. "Everyone in the community has been so helpful. Complete strangers were coming up to me in the street saying, 'Have you found your cat?'. It was just that one lucky call last night. It sounds really silly, but he's like my child."
Initially Miss Gardiner contacted her local paper, the Herald & News to try and locate Marmite, and expressed fears of his whereabouts. Especially given the current trend to steal pedigree pets for lucrative breeding schemes.
In Halifax, Yorkshire, last month 13 pedigree cats, including Tonkinese, Persian and Bengal pedigrees vanished, feared stolen. Figures released on August 5 by Sainsbury's Pet Insurance revealed 2.88 million pets have gone missing in the last five years, with nearly a quarter of those owners fearing they had been 'pet-napped'.
But Woking and Surrey RSPCA branch had reported no confirmed "catnappings" recently.
Gardiner expressed her relief. "It's quite a way [for Marmite to have traveled], as we have flats and farms at the back of our house and he had to have crossed the railway line too to get there. I think if he had been over there much longer he would have lasted, he was so skinny. I don't think he hunted very well."
[Source: Staines News, Staines, UK]