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

Sue

x

 

DavidKlyne replied on 29/11/2023 20:32

Posted on 29/11/2023 16:13 by LLM

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 😉.

Posted on 29/11/2023 20:32

That may well be the case, although one post I read on another group suggested only 1 in 10 dogs were chipped in France. However that seems to suggest that 9 out of 10 dogs never go to a vet where they would be automatically fitted with a chip so I am not sure how reliable that information is?

However my point was really to do with my earlier post where the assumption was that the cat was owned by someone from England and I put forward the hypothesis that as the cat had either no chip or a faulty chip it was likely that it would have been impossible to get it into France from England as it would be rejected at the border. That in turn led me to question whether the cat was owned from someone from England which has in fact turned out to be correct.

David

LLM replied on 29/11/2023 21:09

Posted on 29/11/2023 20:32 by DavidKlyne

That may well be the case, although one post I read on another group suggested only 1 in 10 dogs were chipped in France. However that seems to suggest that 9 out of 10 dogs never go to a vet where they would be automatically fitted with a chip so I am not sure how reliable that information is?

However my point was really to do with my earlier post where the assumption was that the cat was owned by someone from England and I put forward the hypothesis that as the cat had either no chip or a faulty chip it was likely that it would have been impossible to get it into France from England as it would be rejected at the border. That in turn led me to question whether the cat was owned from someone from England which has in fact turned out to be correct.

David

Posted on 29/11/2023 21:09

There could well be a difference between uptake or compliance with the legal obligation in France regarding dogs; I wouldn't know.  I can't see how that applies to cats and I'm not into speculation.  

Takethedogalong replied on 29/11/2023 21:39

Posted on 29/11/2023 21:39

It’s compulsory for cats to be microchipped in UK as well, a recent law, I think it is extended to June of next year for them all to be chipped. Dogs have been compulsory since 2016. Anyone buying/rehoming a dog should get this checked. Breeders are responsible for having puppies chipped, but given all the cowboys out there, I doubt this is happening. We changed the ownership details for both our Labs when we rehomed them. Only exemptions are a vets certificate saying a dog is too I’ll to be microchipped.

 

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