BELGIUM – A Belgian cat who disappeared while “holidaying” in the UK has recently been returned to its owner after 10 months.
Gizmo was brought to High Wycombe temporarily from his home in Silly, Belgium, by his owner Milene Letertre.
The black kitty went missing in August and despite numerous searches, the microchipped cat wasn’t found and Miss Letertre had to return to Belgium without him.
Last week Gizmo was finally discovered in High Wycombe and his owner came over and took him home.
When Miss Letertre took a job in the Buckinghamshire town, she left the cat, who is eight years old, with her father in the Belgian town of Silly.
However, when he had to travel for work for three months, Gizmo was transported over to High Wycombe.
Domestic pets can be moved between EU countries, providing some certain rules are met.
He somehow escaped through an open window in August and vanished without a trace. Just two months later Miss Letertre had to leave the UK without him.
“It broke my heart that I would never know what happened to him,” she explained.
However, a whole 10 months later she received a call from the RSPCA.
Gizmo had been seen not too far from where he originally went missing but was starving and his fur was falling out.
A member of the public put a call into the RSPCA which scanned the cat’s European microchip and traced him to his owner, who was about 250 miles (400km) away.
“We have no idea what adventures Gizmo has had in the last 10 months but he will no doubt be very contented to be back at his home in Belgium,” RSPCA chief inspector Rob Hartley stated.