Lucky reunited with owner

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Shannon SmithAlbany Advertiser

After almost nine months apart, resident Glenys Nottle was reunited with her missing cat, Lucky, on Monday morning.

Lucky was found alive and rather chubby at the Great Southern Grammar School, only kilometres from Ms Nottle’s home.

Albany’s Friends of the RSPCA was called to retrieve the cat, where the microchip in her skin was scanned and Ms Nottle was notified of the exciting news her beloved cat had been found.

Ms Nottle said she wished her cat could speak and tell her exactly where she had been, although she said she had a good guess as to what happened to Lucky last December.

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“People across the road have a boat and they go fishing regularly, and over Christmas time they were going in and out and I have a feeling she may have been in the boat,” she said.

“And they unloaded into the water down near the Kalgan Bridge, where she hopped out and may have been fed by people at the caravan park.”

She said she was utterly speechless when she received the call.

“I just can’t explain it,” she said.

“Even when I talk to my friends about it now, I have tears in my eyes.

“She walked straight in the house, nudged the three dogs saying ‘I’m home’ and jumped straight onto the windowsill in the kitchen.”

The Friends of the RSPCA is reminding people stray cat season begins when the days begin to lengthen — roughly at this time of year.

It is completely normal and occurs because the animals wander off looking to mate.

Microchipping helps cats like Lucky reunite with their owners should they go missing.

People who find cats should check for tattoos within their ear and for the microchip, rather than assuming the animal is stray.

“No doubt that the microchip saved my cat,” Ms Nottle said. “They periodically check to make sure your information is correct, too. If you find a cat, just take it to the RSPCA because there are enough carers for animals in Albany that will take them and help you find their home.”

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