Charlie is a three-year-old, indoor cat who spent two weeks lost on the streets.
His distraught family spent every waking moment looking for him. They even managed to reunite another cat with its owners that had been missing for two years while they looked for Charlie!
Charlie and his twin sister Lola were adopted as rescue kittens by Karen Lowe and her family in suburban Brisbane.
“We raised them as inside cats for safety reasons and for the sake of the wildlife,” Karen says. Desexed and microchipped, with access to an outdoor enclosure and plenty of enrichment throughout the house, the siblings never showed interest in escaping.
But one day, Charlie did.
“We are still not sure exactly how he got out, but assume the front door hadn’t totally clicked shut.”
“Day and night, roaming the neighbourhood with torches, calling him, door knocking, putting up posters and dropping hundreds of flyers into letterboxes and places of business. We posted on every local lost and found Facebook group and online site we could find, notified the RSPCA, vets, family and friends.”
After nearly two weeks without any luck, they installed security cameras that notify when a cat or dog is detected. Finally, the next night Karen woke to a video of Charlie on her phone eating the food they had left out for him in the garage!
“We woke the kids and we were all hugging and crying basically in a state of both disbelief and incredible relief!” Karen remembers.
Charlie was given the all-clear by the local vet, despite losing about 600g and having a few scabs on his paws.
Karen’s advice to others in the same predicament is “Never give up! Keep doing all the things we did, let as many people know as possible.”
“They are the most beautiful, affectionate and funny cats, best friends, and an integral part of our family.”