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The cat came back the very next … decade

It was an unexpected reunion, but an Elmira family is embracing a long-lost – make that long, long-lost – cat that made a return after almost 10 years.

Dallas the cat, formerly known as Cuddly, was three years old when he went missing from his family’s Breslau-area farm. After years of living rough, he was brought home thanks to an embedded microchip.

Then an indoor-outdoor cat, Dallas would roam the farm property, and owner Julie Jackson Sinclair says at the time they thought he got too close to the road or wildlife. One day, he simply didn’t return.

“I would say we were fairly shocked because I never, never even really thought that we would ever see it again. Then, it was actually pretty emotional [because] it had been my daughter’s 19th birthday that week. And then, to have her cat back – it was her cat, really, initially – to have that back after 10 years, it was pretty emotional and scary at the same time,” said Jackson Sinclair. “He has some definite issues from being outside for quite some time. We believe he’s been a barn cat all this time, so he’s got some health issues that we’ve got to deal with.”

Found in a Woolwich field between Breslau and Guelph, only about three kilometres from the family’s former home, Dallas was taken to the Kitchener-Waterloo Humane Society before being returned to his family.

Since Dallas came back, Jackson Sinclair says he has been extremely cuddly and wants to spend time with the family, who are trying to nurse him back to health.

“He does have some health issues that we’re dealing with. He has low kidney function, he has FIV (feline immunodeficiency virus),and he’s got an upper-respiratory infection, so we’re dealing with a lot of things… [but] his body functions are starting to work. He’s severely underweight and today, my son just sent me a picture and he was actually cleaning himself, which is the first time we’ve seen that since we’ve got him. So, he’s definitely getting stronger with food, stronger with love and all of those things. We know he may not be with us for a long time but we’re making sure that he’s comfortable for the time that he is with us,” she added.

Now strictly an indoor cat, Dallas is living his golden years as comfortably as he can.

The experience has made Jackson Sinclair an advocate of microchipping pets, as it does increase the chance of having them found.

“I would say to definitely microchip your animals. Perhaps wherever he ended up, I wish that someone would have noticed he was new and at least had him checked to see if he were microchipped, because we might have gotten him back that much sooner. But microchipping makes a huge difference. Also, I think he came back to us for a reason. Whether it was just to get healthy or to feel loved again, he is back with us for a reason and we are going to take care of him the best we can,” she said.

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