Eight years after he initially went missing, a cat that escaped from a cattery has been reunited with his beloved family.
Eight years ago, Mo the cat was residing on the outskirts of Swansea while his owners went on vacation for a week.
“When we found out that the cattery had lost Mo, our tiny black cat, we were really surprised and heartbroken,” recalls Izzy Harris, who was a teenager when her beloved feline, then three, went missing. “Imagining him alone and terrified in a scary location he didn’t recognize was horrifying.”
Harris and her parents looked for their cat for months, printing flyers and posters, knocking on doors, and placing ads in the newspaper in the hopes of finding him. But, because the cattery was so far away from their house, they felt there was a little chance they’d see him again.
The family accepted he was gone after months of searching, but they clung to the hope that he’d found someone else to live with and look after him — and they were correct!
Mo had taken up residence with an elderly woman who lived close to the cattery. On October 21, a volunteer at the Llys Nini RSPCA branch, where the Harris family had acquired Mo as a kitten, called the Harris family.
“They said they found a cat with Mo’s microchip and that he’d been living with an elderly lady near where he went missing,” Harris, now 23.
“Unfortunately, the lady had died, and the RSPCA had arrived to collect her cat when they discovered he had been reunited with his original family – us!”
“It’s fantastic that Mo and his family have been reunited after eight years.” “We’re all in desperate need of some positive news right now,” she said, adding that Mo’s “wonderful” narrative serves as a reminder of the “awesome power” of microchipping.
“A tiny microprocessor can have a big impact.” Mo is an excellent example of how pets can be found and returned to their owners years later – all because of this method of animal identification. We’re overjoyed to see Mo settling back into his new digs – and he’s already taken over Izzy’s social media!”
Mo, on the other hand, is overjoyed: “He’s settled in so beautifully, it’s like he never left,” she adds. He looks exactly like we remember him. He refuses to leave our side.”