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Harlow cat turns up after being missing for over a year

Lifestyle / Thu 8th Feb 2018 at 09:15am

A BROKEN-hearted cat owner who thought she would never see her missing pet again has had the purr-fect early Valentine’s Day gift.

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Joanie Jansen, from Harlow, was left devastated after her beloved eight-year-old ginger cat Jason went missing more than a year ago while she was in the process of moving house.

Despite posting pleas for any sightings on social media, printing posters and calling cat rescue centres, Joanie had all but given up on being reunited with Jason after all her efforts to find him had drawn a blank.

However, in a serendipitous turn of events, the day after Joanie looked at a photo of Jason and pleaded with it for him to find his way back to her, the missing moggy was found – more than 20 miles away at a pub in Brookmans Park, Hertfordshire.

Looking healthy and in good condition, Jason was taken to Village Vet’s Brookmans Park practice by a chef at the pub.

Nurses at the practice were able to scan his microchip and, eventually, track down an emotional Mrs Jansen, who was overwhelmed at the news she was going to see her pet again.

Mrs Jansen said: “Jason went missing in December 2016 when my sons and I were moving out of our house. We were all devastated and I tried everything to find him but had virtually given up hope of ever seeing him again.

“When I got the call from the vets to say they had him there I honestly couldn’t believe it. It is so far away, I have no idea how he got there or where he has been for the past 13 months.

“I have a little photo of Jason next to my bed and the night before he was found I looked at the picture and said ‘I love you so much, please come back’. My mum Joan Poole died recently. She was my very best friend and I honestly think it was mum’s way of getting him back for me. I’m just so grateful he is back with us.”

Nisha Cooper, vet nurse at Village Vet’s Brookmans Park surgery, said: “I scanned Jason when he was brought in and, thankfully, he was microchipped. This allowed us to get the details of the cat and his owner.

“The owners’ details actually showed a few different phone numbers but only one seemed to be working and we couldn’t get through, so we called vets in the area of Harlow and managed to find out where Jason was registered.

“We then got hold of Mrs Jansen and she was so pleased to hear her pet had been found. It was so nice to see them reunited. It also goes to show the importance of owners’ microchipping their pets – without his microchip, Jason may never have been reunited with Joanie.”

Every year in the UK, it is estimated more than £250 million is spent by local authorities, police forces and animal welfare charities rounding up and looking after stray cats and dogs.

Microchips are a quick and efficient way to reunite owners with their lost pets and act as the animal’s personal barcode, which provides vets with a computer record of owners’ details within minutes of being scanned.

Village Vet has more than 20 practices across London, Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire. Anyone interested in finding out more about microchipping their pet can visit www.villagevet.co.uk.

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