Surprised family reunites with their cat Dewie 18 MONTHS after he goes missing – as his stunned owner shares important advice for all animal lovers
- Jacquii Steen’s cat Dewie walked out of her Adelaide home 18 months ago
- She spent days searching the area for her cat, calling local vets and RSPCA
- Last month she got a call that Dewie had been found 20km away in Brighton
- Ms Steen still has no idea where Dewie has been but says he is in good health
A woman recalls the tear-jerking moment she was reunited with her cat Dewie after running away from home 18 months ago, all thanks to his microchip.
Jacquii Steen, from Blair Athol, north of Adelaide, had come home one evening when her beloved six-year-old rescue cat suddenly ran out the door.
Despite knocking on all her neighbors’ doors for days and calling local vet clinics, Mrs. Steen and her family found no trace of Dewie.
The family almost gave up hope of ever seeing the cat again until they received a phone call last month. Dewie had been picked up by the RSPCA – just 20 km away from his home.
“It’s just the most horrible feeling when your pet goes missing – it’s not just a pet, it’s a member of your family,” Ms Steen told the Daily Mail Australia.
Jacquii Steen is pictured with her 13-year-old daughter Annabelle, her dog Minty and cat Dewie. Dewie had been missing for 18 months when he ran away from their home in north Adelaide
“There hasn’t been a week where I haven’t cried at the thought of what might have happened to him.”
Ms Steen said she got the call from the RSPCA telling her they’d had reports of a cat in the sand dunes in Brighton – about 45 minutes from Blair Athol.
They set up a trap and managed to capture the black and white cat that microchips confirmed was Dewie.
Ms Steen said she still has no idea how her beloved pet survived or what happened to him in the year and a half he went missing.
“He’s always been an indoor cat. During the time he was gone, I’ve searched Facebook community groups and you think the worst thing is if he got hit by a car,” she said.
“You’re almost giving up hope.”
Dewie was returned to his family with an ulcer on his forehead, but was otherwise in good health.
Dewie was eventually found 20km from his home last month and picked up the local RSPCA who could use his microchip to track Ms. Steen.
While he admitted he’s gained a lot more weight since he got home, Ms. Steen said it’s possible someone had taken him in and kept the cat as his own.
When she was finally reunited with her furry friend, Mrs. Steen said she was afraid Dewie wouldn’t remember her.
“But he did it right away and started purring and gave me a lot of headbutts,” she said.
“He is very happy to be home, he continues to follow us everywhere.”
Mrs. Steen’s beloved Fox Terrier, Rocky, had died tragically just one day before Dewie’s return.
The couple were incredibly close, and Ms. Steen said it was almost like “Rocky brought Dewie back to me.”
The animal lover said that if Dewie hadn’t been microchipped, she probably would never have seen him again.
It’s so important to microchip your pets. It reunites families,” she said.
Mrs. Steen said if Dewie hadn’t been microchipped, she probably would never have seen him again (pictured is Mrs. Steen’s daughter Annabelle with Dewie)