Help Reunite the Normandy Service Station Cat With Her British Owners

Update: Owners Found!

**Stop Press** The owners of this beautiful little cat have been found, and will be reunited with her in the next few days. We just love a happy ending.

According to a Facebook update from the group UK- Cats Lost & Stolen and also Found:

An update to our search for the owners of the 3 Legged cat in France, shared with our huge thanks;

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.

There is currently an SOS appeal on social media to trace the British owners of a beautiful tortoiseshell (calico) cat that has been recently found in a service station in Normandy.

Some British people travelling in a camper van lost their 3-legged tortoiseshell cat (one leg had been amputated) in July this year (2023) at a service station called “Aire des Haras au Sap André 61” on the A28 Autoroute (motorway) in Normandy, France.

They returned to the service area several times to look for her and left posters in the petrol station and food area.

In August, on one of their visits, they were told that a tortoiseshell cat had been found run over and killed in the area and it was thought to be their cat. After this they stopped going back there and the posters were all thrown away.

However we now know that the cat who was run over had 4 legs so wasn’t their cat.

Fast forward to early November (a few days ago) and a truck driver (who it turns out was there when the British people lost the cat originally so knew all about her) pulls into the service station and finds her. He’s sure it’s her since she has 3 legs, just like the missing cat. He picks her up and contacts local rescue groups who take her to the vet only to find that she doesn’t have a chip (and an X-ray is done to ensure the chip hasn’t migrated and shows definitively that there is no chip). So there is no way of contacting the owners other than to appeal on social media which has been done but the owners haven’t been located.

It is not known if the owners live in France or the UK. The fact that she doesn’t have a chip leads us to believe that they may live in France but we also know that on rare occasions microchips fall out.

I am hoping that the media will cover this story and help us to reunite her with her family. And please everybody share as far and wide as possible on social media.

Update 6.11.23 – The service station is northbound on the route people take if driving up from Spain and Portugal and south-west France to the UK. The owners of the cat may not use social media but really important to keep sharing in case we reach friends of theirs. It’s so important we get mainstream media coverage too. Please help if you can.

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