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Wednesfield couple reunited with cat after year

Wolverhampton | News | Published:

They had virtually given up hope of ever seeing their beloved cat again. But nearly a year after losing him, Alan and Edna Griffiths have been reunited with their treasured pet Copycat.

After visiting St George's Veterinary Practice in Bushbury for a routine check-up in December last year, the black and white cat escaped on the steps of the practice and only narrowly missed a bus, after the carrier holding him collapsed.

A major cat-hunt ensued, which saw Mr Griffiths search through sleet and snow for Copycat and place multiple advertisements in the Express & Star.

He put up 200 posters in the area and even began marking sightings with an 'X' on a map to work out a pattern. After six months and some 30 sightings, the leads dried up.

Then last week, two members of the public, Michael and Veronica Shepherd, brought a lost cat into the very same practice where Copycat went missing in Bushbury.

Louise Brown, a nurse on reception, immediately recognised the animal from the many lost cat posters distributed, one of which was still displayed on the waiting room wall. Mr and Mrs Griffiths, aged 78 and 81 and from Wednesfield, rushed to the practice after receiving a telephone call and were delighted to be reunited with their beloved moggy.

Mr Griffiths said: "I never gave up hope, I kept looking and thinking that he must be out there somewhere."

Mr and Mrs Shepherd told Mr Griffiths that Copycat was initially being fed by a woman in Keats Road. The Shepherds took him in when Copycat turned up in their garden wanting food. "It was absolutely wonderful to see him again and incredible to see him looking so well," Mrs Griffiths said.

"Clearly he had been well looked after and we can only thank whoever has been tending to him and be glad that he is alive and well."

Mr Griffiths added: "Since losing Copycat we have met such lovely, helpful people, and now to find him after all this time is amazing, just amazing."

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