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GILL ALCOCK
Last updated 05:00 28/11/2012
Squids the cat
GILL ALCOCK / Fairfax NZ
AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY: Virginia Endres, her daughter Alexandria and missing cat Squids, who was found on Waiheke Island after going missing in Hamilton.

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A Burmese cat has turned up on Waiheke Island almost 150km away from its home in Hamilton after going missing more than two months ago.

Burmese cat Squids was reunited with her owners on Saturday after surviving more than nine lives to reach the island.

The cat was found in Esslin Rd, Surfdale and brought to the Waiheke SPCA after Guy Fawkes night.
 
SPCA manager Lesley McDougall said the cat was in great condition and staff were determined to find her owner.

It wasn't easy without a microchip but that didn't put them off. They contacted all the Esslin Rd residents and while some admitted to feeding her, none claimed ownership.

Newspaper advertisements, the SPCA website and Facebook notices got no response.

"Normally we only keep cats for seven days before finding a new home for them but we couldn't give up and carried on looking," McDougall said.

Meanwhile, in Hamilton, Virginia Endres and her family were missing their 12-year-old cat who disappeared on Father's Day.
 
"She has a history of going to sleep in neighbours' cars but had never before been missing for so long," Endres said.

The family put an advertisement for its lost cat on Trade Me which Waiheke Island resident Madeleine Rawlence saw. She had been trawling the internet looking for clues after seeing the cat on the SPCA website.
 
"Because of the lack of response to the Waiheke adverts I knew it couldn't be a Waiheke cat and when I saw the ad on Trade Me it fitted the age and gender.

"I still couldn't believe it, though, because it's so far-fetched. I can see how she might have got to Half Moon Bay but not over the water," Rawlence said.

Endres and her daughter Alexandria were reunited with Squids at the SPCA on Saturday afternoon after a flurry of emails.

They made the trip because they were pretty sure it was Squids.

Squids was micro-chipped before the 125 kilometre return trip to Hamilton - "just in case she fancies another trip away," McDougall said.

The Endres family made a donation to the SPCA in Rawlence's name as a thank you.

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