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A Dunblane pet owner has praised the town’s community spirit after being re-united with her missing deaf cat.

Caroline Earnshaw was left distressed when pet moggie Spud vanished. She got Spud as a kitten two years ago and discovered he was deaf when he was six months old.

He went missing on Thursday, October 2.

Caroline said: “There had been an RAC van at my neighbour’s house in the morning and it transpires that he had climbed into the under carriage of the van. The van left our street and stopped at Tesco Dunblane where he must have jumped out.

He then spent all day at Tesco, entering the shop three times and getting a lot of attention due to his unique meow.

“Someone even called the SPCA as they thought he was a injured.

“From what I understand, some of the staff at Tesco went out and gave him treats and attention and there were lots of sightings by other people too. By the time I found out about the black cat at Tesco, it was 9.30pm and he had disappeared.

“We searched that evening but looking for a deaf black cat is pretty futile. We spent the next two days searching for him but there were no more sightings and it all felt a bit hopeless. “

Caroline described the family pet as “quite a character who is pretty well known on our street for all the mischief he gets up to”.

She said: “Over the course of the two days, the Dunblane community were amazing. I used social media to share his details and the response was unbelievable. I got so many shares, kind comments, calls with sightings – I think I know every black cat in Dunblane now.

“To top this off, I met numerous people around the Tesco area who were looking for ‘Spud the deaf cat’.

“One Tesco employee walked miles searching for him.

“I put posters up but as I walked around searching there were numerous other posters laminated and put up around town by other people. Local businesses shared his post and displayed posters too.

“I can’t thank the community enough for the kindness shown to our wee deaf cat.”

On Saturday, October 4, Caroline received a call from a work colleague at around 10.20pm to say she thought she had him at Well Place – a short distance from Tesco.

She drove straight to the location to find Spud stuck on a garage roof “yelling his lungs off”. She said: “He was soaking, starving and exhausted but so happy to see me.

“Spud is now pretty famous and I’m constantly being asked how he is, I also still get the odd call or message about sightings of black cats – I am forwarding all of these to another owner of a missing black cat called Marmite.”

Spud is now at home with his family and under strict supervision.

Caroline said: “A huge thank you to the people of Dunblane, it’s such a heart-warming community story during this horrible time.”

See original article here
https://mycompassionbuzz.com/2020/10/16/community-hailed-after-dunblane-cat-spud-goes-on-adventure/

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