Finley escaped and went missing the day his family moved in 2005. The 19 year old is now back home after the woman feeding him called a rescue group when he did not look well. The rescue tracked his family down.
Kay Healy (l) and Cheryl Jamieson (r), with Finley
Finley was already a senior when Kaye Healy and her family moved from their Dunstable, UK home in 2005. Kaye eventually stopped looking for him, thinking he had died. Instead, he has been fed for the last five years by a woman who noticed him hanging around her garden. That woman called Stray Cat Rescue, which serves Dunstable and other areas in Bedfordshire, last week because Finley looked so poorly that she was worried about him and felt he needed help.
Stray Cat Rescue picked him up and came up with Kaye Healy’s name on the microchip scan. The chip was either unregistered or the contact info was outdated, so it required persistence and good detective work to track her down. The rescue’s lost and found officer, Cheryl Jamieson, went door knocking at the Healys’ old home and learned from the new resident that Kaye was a school teacher. Cheryl checked teacher lists at area schools and tracked Kaye down that way.
Finley is back with his family, and after receiving veterinary care and spending a few nights back inside at home he is said to be looking much better. He has some health issues and will have an operation on his ears. Kaye, says it is lovely having him back home, and after all this time, Finley will know comfort, care and security as he lives out his days.