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Smart detective work by Cats Protection led to the emotional reunion of an owner with her ginger cat who had been missing for seven years.

The cat called Garfield had been brought into the Cats Protection's Bridgend Centre by a cat lover who had adopted him, thinking he was a stray but could no longer care for him.

When he was scanned for a microchip, the name of his original owner Julie Calder came up but she had since moved house and the charity had to do some extra leg work to track her down at her new home.

The charity team said the handsome cat had been slightly grumpy during his time with Cats Protection, but seemed to relax as soon as he saw Julie again.

Manager Sue Dobbs said: “Julie just picked him up, something we haven’t been able to do, and he proceeded to lick her face.

“Apparently, he used to do this before he went missing. It was lovely to see.

It’s a great feeling to reunite Garfield and Julie, especially at this time of year.

“It’s a great feeling to reunite Garfield and Julie, especially at this time of year. Thousands of cats go missing every year and sadly almost one in two never return so we’re grateful that in this case at least there’s been a happy ending.

Reminder to get your pet microchipped

“If you own a pet cat that isn’t already microchipped, then now is the perfect time to make a New Year’s resolution and talk to your vet about the procedure.”

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Julie said: “I am over the moon to have Garfield back home after seven years.

“I never stopped thinking about him and wandering where he was. He is going to be very spoilt now.”

What to do if you find a stray cat

Offering advice to anyone who thinks they may have found a stray cat, Sue Dobbs added: “Microchipping cats, and keeping the contact details up-date, significantly increase the chances of happy reunion if those cats should ever go missing.

"And if you are feeding a stray too, then consider ringing a local animal charity or a vet to see if a scan may reveal a microchip.”

 

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Published: 10:10, 7 January 2015 | Updated: 10:27, 7 January 2015