By Gary Bogue
Friday, April 27th, 2007 at 8:58 am in Cats.
George the cat finds his way home
Where does a family cat go when it suddenly disappears? How does the cat find its way back home a year later?
Check out this amazing story:
George the cat was born in March, 2005. He was deeply loved by our two dogs and one other cat, as well as by all the humans at home. George was an indoor/outdoor cat and always came inside for dinner. He never missed a meal.
Then one day in July, 2006, George disappeared.
We were very distraught and tried to find him. Time passed and we lost hope.
On Wednesday, April 18, 2007, at 11:30 a.m., I received a call on my cell phone when I was at work. Mary Ann of the Feral Cat Program at the San Francisco SPCA asked if I had a cat named George. I couldn’t believe what I heard!
“San Francisco? I live in Concord. How did he get to S.F.? Where has he been for the last year?”
She said George had been living down by the docks on S.F. Bay, and the workers there had been feeding him. Then one man said that he thought George was a great cat to give to his friend so he brought George to the SPCA to be checked out. He thought George was female because all the workers called him “Lucy,” and “Lucy” appeared to be pregnant.
Much to everyone’s surprise, Lucy was a George and also had a microchip. The microchip information said George had owners who lived in Concord. So they gave me a call.
At the SPCA, George didn’t remember me, but I was able to coax him to come with me and we drove back to Concord to see his veterinarian .
I bent everyone’s ears with the story of our lost George, and their response was one of disbelief.
“What an incredible story!”
“Too bad George couldn’t talk and tell us everything.”
Later on that day, I called and thanked the gentleman who brought George in to the SPCA. His name is Glenn Phillips of San Francisco. Glenn said that he has taken care of feral cats for the last five years down at Pier 70 in S.F. Pier 70 is a little south of the Giant’s “new” stadium.
He said George was “hanging out” with a colony of eight cats, who all seemed to get along. He reported that George appeared on the scene about nine months ago, then disappeared at some point for two months, then reappeared.
I am so grateful that Glenn turned George over to the SPCA. I am also grateful for all the people, such as Glenn, who take their love, time and money to care for lost feline souls. I am also grateful for the microchip implant system.
I am happy to report that George seems to have acclimated to all of us at home, and our two dogs and one cat have reclaimed and accepted him. We will keep him indoors from now on.
I hope you enjoy our amazing story about George as so many other people have. (Amber Steward-Davis, Concord)
It’s interesting that George the cat has been hanging around Pier 70 in San Francisco for the last year. Knowing cats, maybe he was trying to jump a tramp steamer and see the world. /Gary