Pussycat where HAVEN'T you been? Globe-trotting stray found in Surrey... after going to Dubai and France

  • Microchip reveals a cat's 3,500 mile journey

A mystery globe-trotting cat called Grace has been found living as a stray in a suburban Home County.

The cosmopolitan kitty was previously called Annie and is now, like the orphan of the same name, looking to reverse her fortunes and find a loving home.

Animal welfare workers were dumbfounded when they began looking into the animal’s past in the hope of reuniting her with her owners.

The gallivanting stray is currently at the Haslemere Adoption Centre in Surrey

The gallivanting stray is currently at the Haslemere Adoption Centre in Surrey

A spokesman for Cats Protection said: 'She was taken in by a resident who only recently decided to take her along to the adoption centre.

'It was then that her incredible journey came to light.

'The woman who had been looking after Grace, having first assumed she had been living in her shed, decided to take the cat to the centre on August 10.

'While there, a quick check of Grace’s microchip revealed her globe-trotting credentials.'

The woman regularly spotted the cat over a period of two years in the area of her home, in Frimley, Surrey.

Convinced she must be a stray, she took her in before bringing her to the experts.

They scanned her and found she had been microchipped in the past but not anywhere near their adoption centre in Haslemere, Surrey - nor even in the UK.

Instead she had been logged by vets in the United Arab Emirates, more than 3,500 miles away.

Desert scene dunes of sunset at Dubai.
The beach at Cote Sauvage in Brittany, France

The contrasting environments that Grace the cat may have encountered on her travels include the deserts of Dubai and the shores of Brittany

'We were shocked when we found out,' said Abby Jackson, a cat care assistant at the centre.

'We are used to taking in animals from the area but to come all the way from Dubai is remarkable. We have certainly not had a stray come in from that far away.'

She said Grace was unlikely to have been a stowaway, adding: 'I remember hearing of a kitten that made it over here from Turkey but Grace’s adventure is on another level.'

Further checks only confused the staff further.

'Somebody Googled the chip and found a match on a website called angloINFObrittany,' said the spokesman.

'The people that had the cat in Dubai had rehomed her. Annie, as she was then, was rehomed in Brittany, in France.

'That’s where the trail goes cold.'

The cat with itchy feet has seen more of the world than many Britons

The cat with itchy feet has seen more of the world than many Britons

One thing that won’t be going cold is Grace herself, as she is now safe and warm with the charity.

However, she still needs a permanent home, whether with new owners or, by a miracle, her previous ones.

She is about eight years old, black and white, short-haired and with distinctive black markings on her nose and around her mouth.

Her tail has been shortened to little more than a stub and her left ear has been tipped.

'She’s a really sweet thing,' said Jackson.

'She has some distinctive features but nothing to suggest she comes from so far away.

'We would love to track down her true owners but we have to be realistic. She’s been missing for more than two years now.

'We start to think about rehoming after a fortnight. But whether we find her owners or not, she will go to a good home.'

Her colleague Karen Hiestand, the organisation’s field veterinary officer, said: 'Grace’s case really highlights how important it is to update your pet’s microchip details when you move or a change of ownership takes place.

'The poor cat would not have ended up homeless if that had been done.'

If anyone has any further information about Grace then please contact Haslemere Adoption Centre on 01428 604 297.