In May 2007, Leigh Bateman let her cats out in her new yard for some fresh air. Leigh and her cats were at a friend’s house and had been there for about a month. She felt ready to start exploring her neighborhood in Ryde, Isle of Wight, England.
All of the cats made it back except one.
Jess, the black cat, did not return from his outing. Although she didn’t see Jess again, Leigh said, “About six weeks after he disappeared, a neighbor amazingly spotted him back where we used to live … but they hadn’t caught him. We thought he was lost forever. “
Although Jess was lost to his family, he did not end up alone.
Not far from where the little house panther had disappeared, there was assisted living on the premises of the Ryde House Group. There Jess found companionship with the residents, who called him Tibby.
A Ryde House Group spokesman said: “Tibby, as we called Jess, found his way to our front door about 13 years ago and performed so regularly that he was called The Ryde Cottage Cat.”
Map courtesy of the Ryde House Group
“You can even see it on our sitemap as it has been spotted along this driveway so many times.”
Jess cushioned the area for 13 years and age began to show its signs, leading the Ryde House Group’s cat lovers to “the sad realization that he needed to be moved to a place that could give him the care he did needed “.
At the Isle of Wight Cat Protection Adoption Center, Jess was scanned for a microchip and one was there. It included Leigh’s most recent information to make sure it was up to date. The center was happy to make that call, and Leigh was even happier to receive it.
“We were so surprised to get the call and we’re so happy to have it at home,” said Leigh, who still can’t believe her missing cat is back in her arms.
Jo Morrison, assistant cat protection manager, said, “We might never have known that Jess had owners who would have missed him if it hadn’t been for his chip. It was wonderful to be able to reunite Jess and Leigh and go home to his family. “
“It’s always a pleasure when we scan a cat and the scanner says that not only has a chip been found, but the details are up to date too.”
Microchips Power Miracle Reunions and the Isle of Wight Cats Protection Adoption Center recommend, “If your cat is not chipped, book it with your veterinarian as soon as possible.”
Cat Protection Adoption Center on the Isle of Wight / Facebook
Ryde House Group was sad to see their feline friend retire, “but they’re so glad he was reunited with his original owners.”
“We’d like to thank Jess for bringing smiles to our residents and staff for so many years.”
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Feature Image: Isle of Wight Cat Protection Adoption Center / Facebook