Leo found after two years
A stray ginger cat, missing for two years, has found a home to live out the rest of its eight lives.
The stray cat was discovered hanging around with a colony of about four to six cats in Albany.
Northcross resident Angela Silberstein often feeds the cats and noticed him because he was wearing a collar and seemed out of place. So Silberstein set out to find his owner.
Silberstein couldn’t get close enough to take him to the vet. So she borrowed a microchip scanner from East Coast Bays Vet.
She phoned the number on the microchip and his previous owner was initially excited. She started crying and saying she wanted to see him. When the pair went to visit the missing cat, his previous owner called him Leo.
Leo had been missing for two years and the owner thought he had died. However the owner didn’t take him home that day, and two weeks later said she couldn’t take him because she has two dogs. Silberstein put a call out on social media.
She settled on a woman with a daughter and son whose ginger cat had died and says the family fell in love.
Silberstein says when the family took Leo home, he didn’t even glance out the front door, once inside.
‘‘He has settled down so beautifully. It’s nice to know he’s finally got a home. He’s very happy, he sleeps well and he never stops talking,’’ she says. ‘‘If he could talk, he would have a wonderful story.’’
Silberstein says Leo is eightyears-old and was relatively well maintained but had no hair underneath where his collar was.
‘‘He would have a wonderful story.’’
Leo had a collar and looked the odd one out in a colony of stray cats in Alban. A bit of detective work led to his former owner and a new life.