Cat reunited with owners after 130 mile hitchhike
A young cat managed to be reunited with its owner after hitching a 130 mile trip to Aberdeen from West Lothian in the back of a van.
The stowaway, Tigger (not the cat pictured), was handed over to the Scottich SPCA’s Aberdeenshire Animal Rescue and Rehoming Centre, after his impromptu adventure came to an end.
The driver discovered the cat after the long trip and handed him over to the authorities.
Iain Binnie, 35, discovered the cat in the back of his van after he had been helping move furniture out of a relative’s home in West Lothian. It was during the furniture moving that Tigger is presumed to have entered the van.
Speaking to Scotsman.com, an SSPCA spokeswoman explained: “He returned to his home in Aberdeen later that night but only discovered Tigger the following morning when he opened the van to find the cat sitting at the door meowing.
“Iain took the feline stowaway to the Scottish SPCA’s rescue centre at Drumoak where staff were able to trace Tigger’s owner through his identity microchip. He has now been returned home to Leanne Jamieson, 33, and her ten year-old daughter Jade.”
A relieved Ms Jamieson also spoke to Scotsman saying: “My daughter Jade, was quite upset when she found out Tigger had managed to travel all the way up to Aberdeen. This isn’t the first time he’s gone missing. He’s quite a greedy boy and a neighbour nearby was feeding him. She believed he was a stray as he kept coming back for food. He ended up being picked up and taken to a cat rescue in Bonnyrigg.
“Jade put up posters all round the street looking for Tigger but thankfully he was returned to us soon after.”
She added: “We’ve had him since he was six weeks old so we’re really attached to him and very glad he’s back home safe and sound.
“Hopefully he won’t be going on any more adventures any time soon.”
Debbie Innes, the assistant manager at the rescue centre added: “Tigger was none the worse for his wee journey north. He enjoyed a comfy bed and some good food in our care before we were able to return him home.”
“This just goes to show how important it is to microchip your pets as this is the most reliable way of ensuring your animal is returned to you should it ever go missing.”
Picture: Anaa Yoo