Leo found af­ter two years

North Harbour News - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - ZIZI SPARKS

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.’’

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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.

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