Urgent Help Please.....

SuseKay replied on 25/11/2023 12:59

Posted on 25/11/2023 12:59

Hi I'm Sue and new to this forum, Hubby and I motorhome, but he usually deals with all the admin etc!

I am really hoping this community can help in a race against time, to find a British(we believe) motor-homing couple, to bring a happy ending, to an incredible story. This couple would have been travelling through France in July, UK bound we believe, but we cannot be sure.

I am part of a team of animal lovers working furiously to find these people, before time runs out. Across the internet as we have worked to spread the word, this has at times been branded a scam or hoax, but it absolutely is not, that has just served to hinder us

Here is the story......back in July a British couple in a motorhome lost their 3 legged, tortoiseshell cat at the services "Aire des Haras au Sap Andre61" on the A28 in Normandy, France.

The couple returned several times to the service station, handing out and posting posters, to find their cat, until someone reported to them that a tortoiseshell cat had been killed on the motorway close to the services. At this point the couple apparently removed the posters and did not return again.

Fast forward to the start of November, when a lorry driver that knew the story of the missing cat, spotted the 3 legged cat, alive and well at the services! The kindly lorry driver, spent time to get her into a local rescue, which as I understand it, for strays in France, is a lottery win, as many are not so fortunate.

Ever since then, there has been a huge online search, to find this couple who are presumably grieving their cat and doubtless reliving the awful circumstances that caused her to be lost in the first place. The cat is apparently not microchipped, so the owners cannot be traced that way, but in our search we have encountered many stories of failed and migrated chips, so we are keeping an open mind that she may indeed be chipped, but the information is not available to us right now if she is.

All attempts to find one of the original posters, or trace an online appeal for the lost cat have so far failed, but time is running out, as at the end of the month the rescue will allow her to be rehomed.(I think it is a French legal requirement for her to be held for a month).

We are desperate to find these people and bring a happy ending to this extraordinary story.

It would be tragic to find these people a day too late, once she has left the rescue.

I am new to the forum, if I should be posting this elsewhere, please help by advising me, but I am appealing to everyone who reads this to share this story any way you can to help us to find this couple.

Thanks so much for reading this if you have made it so far




SuseKay replied on 25/11/2023 19:44

Posted on 25/11/2023 19:44

Thank you to whoever did that and for telling me! I had just sat down to copy and paste it over there!

Really appreciate the support , we are so desperate to crack this!

DavidKlyne replied on 25/11/2023 21:53

Posted on 25/11/2023 21:53

It has already been mentioned on Motorhome Fun and also on Twitter (X) and also on a French based online English news website The Connexion. Perhaps you could post on this Facebook Group "European Touring Caravan, campervan and Camping Friends" 

Given that this all happened in July of this year, had it been a couple from the UK they would have by now returned to the UK. Obviously there are lots of people who don't "do" Social media but it would surprise me if they had given up hope completely. 


SuseKay replied on 27/11/2023 09:32

Posted on 27/11/2023 09:32

Thanks Peedee, there are a very determined group of us unwilling to accept that fact for now.

Wherenext replied on 27/11/2023 18:13

Posted on 27/11/2023 18:13

2 points which need to be said.

The first is a question of whether the owners will in fact be overjoyed at the return of the cat. As you haven't traced them you do not know what their reaction will be. They will have passed through various stages of grieving and personally speaking I would have accepted that my dear cat was deceased. Who knows, they may have got another cat and moved on. I know a dog owner who went out and acquired a puppy 2 days after his previous well loved dog passed away.

The second point is you mention that the cat will shortly be rehomed. Cats are very resilient creatures and hopefully the cat's current animal centre will ensure a good home for it. It's outlook is a hopeful one.

I appreciate your efforts are well meaning but at the end off the day the cat appears to have a future which from its point of view is a successful outcome.

LLM replied on 27/11/2023 21:25

Posted on 27/11/2023 21:25

It is a legal obligation in France for all cats to be identified by microchip.  If as the OP says the cat was checked and no chip was found it would have been classed as unidentified and i.a.w French policy may have been euthanized within 10 days.  

DavidKlyne replied on 29/11/2023 15:49

Posted on 29/11/2023 15:49

It seems that the owners of the cat have been found and will soon be reunited with their missing cat. This is according to a post shared on the Bailey Motorhomers Group Buying and Selling via another group! Apparently the owners are not British but French, might well explain the reason for there being no chip? So seemingly, All's Well That Ends Well.


LLM replied on 29/11/2023 16:13

Posted on 29/11/2023 16:13

It is a legal obligation in France for all cats to be identified by microchip.  However, that the owners have been found is excellent news smile, although I thought that dogs have owners and cats, being much superior, have staff 😉.

SuseKay replied on 29/11/2023 16:45

Posted on 29/11/2023 16:45

LLM, you are so right.....her staff have been found!!



I am elated to announce that against all odds the owners have been found!! They were found yesterday, just a matter of a couple of days before our time ran out.

We were surprised to find they are in fact a French family. They were devastated by the loss of their little girl and now cannot quite believe this happening, it really is a miracle.

I have been lucky enough, through encountering this story on Facebook at the start of November, when it first emerged, to become part of a small team, who met and have bonded  over the search for the owners of this precious girl. We are all Brits, spread across France, Spain, Scotland and England.

We have worked tirelessly, struggling to know why we just couldn’t find them, believing they were English. A huge amount of time and effort this week, by one of the team members who is bilingual, when she set about calling vets across France and happily encountered one who remembered scribbling a phone number down ages ago and the rest is history!

The family will be reunited with their little lady at the weekend and we will share pictures when we get them. Thanks must go to the French rescue who gave her shelter and care, not a certainty for French strays I believe.

I thank everyone for their responses, suggestions and support via my posts last weekend as we became increasingly desperate and apologies to all that I have ignored in the last 24 hours as the news broke to us and we rushed to establish it was actually fact.

So many people have cared about this little girl, her family and the outcome, thank you.


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