Saturday, July 18, 2009

In our paper today


Is this the Missing cats bureau?

Police reckon something fishy is going on at their Lower Hutt headquarters.

For the second time in six weeks, a lost cat has simply wandered off the street and into the station.


After eight-month-old Jack left his Lower Hutt home on Wednesday, his owner hoped he would soon return. But he spent two days on the run, eventually strolling up to the front counter at the Lower Hutt police station about 7am yesterday 3 kilometres from home.
"We just heard this really loud crying sound. He was quite distressed when he walked in," police area commander Inspector Richard Chambers said.

A staff member went to the supermarket to get some food and milk for the cat, then found him a place to grab some much-needed sleep.
"Once he relaxed and had some food, he was very friendly. There were about six of us who wanted to take him home."

But no adoption was needed. An SPCA microchip implanted in Jack's neck when he was a kitten helped police and the SPCA reunite him with his owner a few hours later.

Tracy Dear said her three children had been in Hawke's Bay for the school holidays and did not know Jack had done a runner.
"I am very pleased he returned, otherwise I would have had three very upset children.

"It's not the first time he has gone missing. If he is home alone he often gets bored and goes looking for company."

In June, a two-year-old cat set out from his Mt Cook home in Wellington and spent two weeks making his way 20km north to eventually stroll into Lower Hutt police station.

Mr Chambers had no idea why cats seemed to be attracted to the station, but he would stock up on cat food in case there were more visitors. "We also might have to check there is no fish hidden somewhere in the station."


From the Dominion Post, Saturday 18/07/09

26 comments:

  1. It must be the special scent trail that says this is a safe place when you are lost!

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  2. Maybe it's the good human spirits attracting the kitties.

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  3. The kitties must all know that is a friendly police station, and so if they are lost, they make a bee line for it.

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  4. Those kitty's have a sixth sense that tells them that Police Station is a nice place!

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  5. That is a neat story! At least they know where to go for help!

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  6. Our mom was afraid to click on this because of the title, so we are really happy to know that it's such a nice story! The policemen are so nice that we think they need to get a station cat.

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  7. Interesting story. Guess cats know if they're lost to ask a police officer for directions home.

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  8. You know what they say if you are lost ask a policeman. The kitty got it right..


    Hugs GJ xx

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  9. Yep, we are smart little critters.

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  10. What a great story. There is a police station about 1 mile from my house so if I ever get lost I will need to remember to go ther to ask for help!

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  11. Those kitties know who will protect them!

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  12. Cool! Those kitties know where to go!

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  13. At least the kitties are well cared for by your police! Glad the kittie got back with his beans.

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  14. The police khanines are luring them in fur snakhkies...

    Hugz&Khysses,
    Khyra

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  15. What lovely, kind policemen you have. We are very impressed. God bless them.

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  16. Obviously the cats know it is a safe place to be.

    Huffle Mawson

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  17. We have given you an award. You can collect it from today's post.

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  18. Brilliant! We cats are so, so smart!

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  19. Such a pawsome story :) Kitties are sure so very smart (and fun to be around with)

    Maltese Paws

    S&C

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  20. Poppy, Don't get any ideas. You stay at home!! There are no duvets at the police station for you to curl up on.

    XOXO
    Lilly, Piper, Carrleigh and Java

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  21. That's a very nice story. Way to go Jack!

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  22. What a great story...how nice of those policemen to be so helpful to the lost kitties!

    Special purrs and hugs to them,
    The Kitty Krew

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  23. Very cute set of pics of you! Sleeping is very important.
    --JB

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