Since going missing for more than two years, this sassy hitchhiker has given her owners a great deal of anxiety. Ruby, a 5-year-old black cat from Brogborough, United Kingdom, escaped from her home in April 2018. Ruby’s owner assumed she went away on a bus because the house was next to a truck stop on the M1 motorway. Some two and a half years later, she has been reunited with her unsuspecting owner Jordan after being found around 60 miles away.
A security guard in Coventry had been unknowingly feeding a beautiful black “stray” for three weeks before deciding to have the feline examined by Cats Protection, the UK’s largest animal welfare organisation. Ruby’s microchip was tested by the volunteers, who discovered she had traveled from Bedfordshire, some 60 miles away!
This cat had been missing since April 2018
Wendy Harris, a volunteer for Cats Protection for over 24 years, told Bored Panda: “Leighton Myers, a security guard on a local industrial estate, contacted us about a stray cat he had been feeding, and one of my volunteers Lorraine Conroy went out to scan her.” Wendy told us that she accessed the details on the database, but was unable to make a phone call since the phone number was unobtainable.
The volunteer said, “So I sent an email to the mentioned email address asking the owner to contact me.” “We have placed her on our Facebook page for lost and find. I wrote a letter to the postal address after a few days.”
Ruby wasn’t in poor shape, which is surprising given that there are no houses nearby,” Wendy speculated. “Perhaps someone from the industrial estate has been feeding her,” Wendy speculated.
An unsuspecting security guard had been feeding the unfortunate “stray” feline 60 miles away from her house.
Since the caring security guard was on leave at the time, Wendy told Bored Panda, one of Cats Protection’s volunteers “was going up to the industrial estate to feed [Ruby] every day.” The volunteers from Cat Protection Bedford then promised to go knock on the door if Wendy’s letter had received a response.
“Her owner rang me as a result of the letter and at first thought it was a hoax, as she had been missing since April 2018,” the Cats Protection volunteer told us. “He said he would drive straight here to Coventry from Bedford, so Lorraine went back to where she was and tempted her in with food, then rang the owner, who set off. I went too,” Wendy revealed to Bored Panda.
But after volunteers scanned her microchip, it turned out the cat wasn’t a stray by any means
“Royal Ruby went right to Jordan when he arrived. The volunteer explained, “She just knew who he was—she was all over him.” “It also emphasizes the importance of microchipping your cats and keeping the information up to date,” she said.
“No words can explain the pleasure I’m experiencing right now,” Ruby’s owner told the BBC. For almost three years, I had no hope of finding her, but she’s now safe and sound at home.”