Belfast woman Julie Blair doubted she’d never see her cat again after he was missing for a year and half. So she was as surprised as anyone when she got a call to say he’d turned up in Liverpool.
Volunteers at Garston Animal Rescue took in the dark grey and white cat after he was spotted in the city last week, trying to find leftover food near a takeaway.
They nicknamed him Danny Boy – and after checking for a microchip, were astonished to learn that his owner Julie Blair lives in Northern Ireland.
Four-year-old Danny – whose real name is Sapeurs Pompier – was bottle-fed by Julie after being abandoned as a kitten.
Julie, who travelled to Liverpool to be reunited with him, assumed he had been lost for good after finding no trace of him since his disappearance.
She said: “We’ve absolutely no idea how he got to Liverpool. I’ve had him since he was a kitten, but he disappeared about 18 months ago and I assumed the worst.
“Then a few days ago I got this lovely phone call out of the blue to say the cat had been found.”
She said: “To get a call to say he had turned up in Liverpool was just brilliant.
“I wouldn’t allow the charity to re-home him. I wanted him home, absolutely – whatever it costs.”
In terms of an explanation as to how he got to Liverpool she said: “I’m presuming that he went missing in Belfast and some nice family rescued him and didn’t think to check his chip.
“Perhaps they moved to Liverpool and took him with them – I really haven’t a clue.”
Julie is a big animal lover and is involved with a charity in Belfast that rescues Cavalier King Charles spaniels.
She even used her unexpected trip to Liverpool to bring over two dogs, Bella and Jasmine, to meet up with their new owners.
She said: “I do rescues, and I know that anything is possible.”
Source: Liverpool Echo