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Babsy, the black and white moggy, was in a sad state when she was finally rescued after having been lost for almost half her life. At 20 – around 96 humanly – she was blind and shaky on her legs when she was discovered by the RSPCA just five miles from home. Where Babsy had been and what she had done since she disappeared remains a mystery, but she was able to purr and snuggle up to her shocked owner before time finally caught up with the remarkable runaway.
Babsy was in such a sorry state when she was rescued that the best thing to do was to alleviate her suffering.
RSPCA inspector Gemma Cooper had been informed of an injured cat in Bridgend, but said she was utterly shocked when she rescued the animal and found her microchipped with details of an owner so that she could see her again could arrange.
Babsy was only five miles from her home but had somehow managed to cross the M4 on its way through South Wales and survive for almost a decade with all the harsh seasonal elements thrown in her direction.
But when the pretty cat with a distinctive mark next to the nose was finally reunited with the shocked owner Mike Marshall, she not only recognized him, but purred softly.
Inspector Cooper described the “goosebumps” moment today when she handed Babsy over to Mr. Marshall after checking the address details on the microchip.
She said, “Your owner was so shocked. Fortunately, he hadn’t changed the address or changed his number so we were able to return it immediately. He assumed that she would have died years ago.
“When I gave Babsy back to her owner, she recognized him immediately and began to purr. It was certainly a moment of goosebumps.
“He took her straight to the vets as she clearly had issues with her age, but unfortunately this was recommended by the vet who euthanized her due to many health issues and her age.
“It’s so sad, but at least she had to be with her owner one last time and he was there in the end. It’s a mystery what she’s been doing in the past nine years, but she must have been cared for to turn 20. “
Babsy was born in January 1999 and later accepted into Mr. Marshall’s in 2003. Unlike dogs, there is no legal obligation to microchip cats. By attaching one of the small devices to a pet and updating the records, animal welfare organizations can bring lost and stolen animals back together.
Mr. Marshall spoke today of his gratitude to see Babsy return to his arms one last time.
He said, “I want to thank the RSPCA inspector for her kindness in bringing her back to my home.
“A subsequent visit to the vet found that Babsy was blind, had severe mobility problems, and her general physical deterioration would have required sedation and anesthesia before detailed assessment and treatment could be undertaken.
“It was believed that she likely would not have survived these procedures, and performing them would have caused her unnecessary suffering and suffering.”
Mr. Marshall continued: “Her 20 year life as a fully active and adventurous cat was clearly on its way, and reluctantly it was decided to let her go peaceably. She has been coming home for the past few hours, and for that I will forever be grateful to those who have shown her kindness and compassion. “
Mr. Marshall appealed to anyone discovering a stray animal to raise the alarm.
He said, “I would also ask anyone who has concerns about an animal they suspect is stray to have it searched for a chip as it may be someone’s much-missing companion . It’s a little painful to realize that Babsy has been so close and yet so far away all these years. “
For more information on microchip animals, see www.rspca.org.uk/allaboutanimals/pets/general/microchipping