Missing for 12 Years, ‘Beloved’ Cat Named Artie Finally Reunited with His Family

Theo-Will McKenna, who lost his cat Artie 12 years ago, experienced an emotional reunion when the cat was unexpectedly found in Connah’s Quay, Wales. McKenna, who was 17 at the time of Artie’s disappearance, had spent countless hours searching for his beloved grey and white feline, to no avail. The heartbreak of not finding Artie lingered, leading McKenna to eventually lose hope, believing either tragedy had struck or someone else had taken Artie in. This sentiment persisted until 2024 when residents in the same town spotted a familiar grey and white cat lingering in their backyard for days and called a local veterinarian.

Upon investigation, the vet discovered the cat was indeed Artie, identified through a microchip that linked back to McKenna’s mother and North Clwyd Animal Rescue (NCAR). The rescue center, unable to reach the McKennas through outdated contact details, posted on Facebook, leading a friend of Theo-Will to recognize Artie and alert him. Despite the cat’s bedraggled appearance and numerous health issues, the microchip confirmed Artie’s identity. The reunion was bittersweet, as Artie required significant medical attention, including dental work and treatment for hyperthyroidism. Determined to provide for his long-lost pet, McKenna has set up a GoFundMe to cover the ongoing veterinary expenses, embracing the challenge of reintegrating Artie into his home and ensuring his remaining years are filled with care and affection.

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