Swilley the cat reunited with owners after 18 months

Media release - 6 June 2017

If there’s ever been a story that demonstrates the importance of microchipping your pets, then it’s the tale of Swilley the cat.

Swilley, a white and ginger female cat, was recently handed in to Kempsey Shire Council by a couple who found her on their property at Bellimbopinni. When Council ranger Mike Lee scanned her microchip, he was amazed to learn that her address was 150kms away.

Mr Lee got in touch with Swilley’s owners and found out that their beloved family pet had gone missing 18 months ago from their former home in Cundletown, near Taree. Now living on the Gold Coast, Swilley’s owners Jason and Lisa were obviously ecstatic to have Swilley back after all this time.

Jason was travelling to Taree for work and called into Kempsey to collect Swilley from Council’s Customer Service Centre and it just so happened to be Swilley’s 5th birthday.

“We were moving house, getting ready to relocate to the Gold Coast when Swilley went missing,” Jason said.

“We went back a few times while we were selling the house but we couldn’t find her.

“When the new owners bought the house we told them to look out for her but when we never heard from them we assumed she had either been killed or they had decided to keep her.

“It’s crazy that she ended up here. I’m not sure how. We can’t believe she’s back, we didn’t think we’d ever see her again. We’re very happy, especially our kids.”

Mr Lee said Swilley was surprisingly in good health and was a lovely natured feline.

He said Swilley’s reunion with her family showed how important it is to microchip your pets.

“A collar and name tag with contact details are the first things we look for when we come across an animal but if the collar or tags are damaged or have fallen off then a microchip is the best way we can identify the animal and get it back to their rightful owner,” he said.

“It’s also good to make sure that your details are up-to-date, both with the register and with Council.”

For more information about microchipping please visit Council’s website www.kempsey.nsw.gov.au

Swilley reunited with her owner Jason at Council’s Customer Service Centre