Alfred the cat has been returned home to Kialla resident Julie Stone after being found at the Shepparton Equestrian Centre.JOHN LEWIS June 11, 2014 3:33am
Kialla East resident Julie Stone with her cat Alfred, who went missing for a week and was found at Shepparton Equestrian Centre.
When the grass is greener and it is bucketing rain, it is time for a wander.
In Alfred the cat’s case, it wasn’t green grass that was the big attraction, but a nice dry haystack on Mitchell Rd, Kialla East.
When the friendly 16-year-old black-and-white feline took off for a week’s holiday in his neighbour’s haystack, Alfred’s owner Julie Stone was distraught.
‘‘It’s the first time he’s ever strayed. It’s really out of character for him,’’ Julie said.
She said she turned her own Mitchell Rd farm ‘‘upside down’’ looking for him.
She dropped letters in mailboxes, called the pound and the vet and then placed a notice with Alfred’s photo in the classified section of The News on Friday last week.
‘‘Then I got a phone call from the Shepparton Equestrian Centre saying they’ve been feeding a cat just like Alfred who turned up in their hayshed,’’ Julie said.
Equestrian centre owner Toni Gough said she knew Alfred was not a feral cat.
‘‘He was very affectionate and well looked-after. He’d found a lovely home in my haystack. I think our cat must have liked the company,’’ she said.
Julie said she wanted to say a big thank you to Alfred’s rescuers.
‘‘It’s fantastic when people do this — they knew he was a pet. He was microchipped and registered,’’ she said.
‘‘He disappeared on the weekend with all the rain. With his age, he must have got disorientated.’’
Julie said she found Alfred as a kitten wandering around the intersection of Goulburn Valley Hwy and Mitchell Rd.
‘‘He’d obviously been dumped,’’ she said.
Now Alfred looks purr-fectly at home on his own electric blanket in a large cage, just outside the back door of Julie’s Mitchell Rd property.
He has obviously seen enough of the world to know there is no place like home.
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