UNITED KINGDOM – A veterinarian located in Godalming has recently helped reunite an “explorer” cat with its owners after going missing seven years ago.
Sonia Alder said she “absolutely couldn’t believe it” when she was told her missing Burmese cat Spinky had finally been found and was being looked after by Godalming Veterinary Surgery.
Mrs. Alder stated: “We are absolutely delighted, we never thought we would see her again. If it encourages people to get their cat microchipped then good. It goes to show that you can get your cat back.”
The now 15-year-old senior cat had gone missing seven years ago from the Alder’s home in Godalming during a storm when there were three days of constant rain.
Mrs. Alder went on to say: “We had absolutely torrential rain for about three days. She had always been a bit of an explorer.
“It rained for three days nonstop, we thought she would come back after.”
Spinky did not return and several years later Mrs. Alder and her husband Chris and two daughters, Amelia, nine and seven-year-old Darcy moved home believing that their cat would simply never come home or worse, that she had been run over by a car.
“She has got herself into lots of trouble before,” Mrs. Alder stated. “Climbing up a tree in a local school and we had to come and get her down.”
Spinky’s adventures did not end there, as on another occasion the cat went onto Godalming College’s playing field during the school term and somehow managed to squeeze between a small hole in one of the shelters.
Mrs. Alder said they had to kick the door in to get her out and then call the college later to recount what had happened.
“She is definitely using her nine lives,” Mrs. Alder said.
It was on Thursday August 4 just after turning on her phone after returning home from a holiday that Mrs. Alder received multiple texts alerting her of the good news.
She stated: “It was about quarter to ten and I was just getting into bed. I turned on my phone and it just went ding, ding, ding ,ding.
“People were saying ‘ring the vets, ring the vets’.
“The vets were brilliant.
“Because we had moved home they had looked at their database and saw what other pets they have treated in the road that we lived in.
“They rang our next door neighbours and said do you know where they had gone to.
“We absolutely couldn’t believe it.”
Spinky was immediately taken into the practice in Station Approach on Monday August 1 by a member of the public who had spotted her wandering around her neighborhood for a few days, looking a bit lost.
After a scanning of her for a microchip, calling all the local vets, putting a post up on Facebook, visiting the registered address and then getting in touch with neighbors, the owners were finally tracked down.
There’s no place like home!