A beloved young cat missing for a year has been reunited with his family, thanks to a rescuer who spotted him sitting in a dangerous spot near a busy roadway.
Jo White co-runs Paws n Claws Rescue in the area around Wigan and Warrington, UK. She recently helped Riley return to his family when she happened to spot him sitting on a path and took him home for a microchip scan. Riley’s family were overjoyed to learn their missing boy had been found and are happy to have him back home.
Paws n Claws Rescue told the story at Facebook on August 5, writing:
“A wonderful story to share this evening which highlights the importance of microchipping your pets and keeping details upto date…Last night whilst i was out walking with a friend we came across a striking cat sat on the path next to a major A road. He disappeared into the bushes as we approached but thankfully i managed to coax him out to me. He certainly was in a dangerous place having myself picked many a fatal rta up along that same road involving cats. I wrapped him in my jacket and phoned a friend! Thankfully Karen came and picked us up where i took him home with me to scan him for a chip. To our utter relief ‘Riley’ was thankfully chipped and reunited with his over joyed…overwhelmed owners Carol and Stephen after being missing from home for 1 YEAR!!!!! Tears of joy for everyone last night and Riley is settling back home just fine….If only he could tell us his tales…Please microchip your pets and please keep those contact details up to date with the databases….Welcome home Riley.xx”
The Warrington Guardian spoke with Carol Ratcliffe for a story appearing today.
Carol’s grown son Stephen Ratcliffe raised Riley from the time he was a newborn kitten only a few days old, after Riley and his littermates had been abandoned at a vet’s doorstep.
Carol told the paper: “Stephen fed him milk on a spoon and had to treat him like a baby teaching him how to do everything including moving his paws so he knew to scratch in his litter tray.
“He never used to go out much but decided the night he went missing he wanted to go out twice and then didn’t come back.
“We put posters everywhere and through neighbours’ doors and for weeks I would go out shouting his name and would look down side streets whenever I was in the car.
“When we got the call he had been found I was just screaming down the phone.”
Riley was just a year old when he went missing from his Fairfield home last August. He was sitting near a Toys ‘R’ Us store by the busy roadway when Jo White was out walking with a friend earlier this August and saw him there. According to the Wrrington Guardian story, a third friend, Karen Mercer from Chapelford Pet Sitting Service, came and picked up the two women and the cat so he could be scanned.
Carol said:”I can’t thank them enough for what they did. It was a dream come true.
“They thought it was a strange place for a cat to be so decided to get him scanned.
“We have got no idea what happened to him but the vet said his fur was quite coarse which might mean he had been living outside.
“He hasn’t been keen on going out since we have got him back but chipping him was the best money I have ever spent and even now I still keep shaking my head and can’t believe he’s back.”
Stephen is participating in the Tough Mudder endurance event to be held September 13 and will donate all of the sponsorship money he raises to Paws n Claws in thanks for their help in bringing Riley back home.