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George the Cat Comes Back

George the Cat Comes Back

His adventure did not last nearly as long as Willow’s, the cat found after five years, but George would have quite a story to tell.

George’s journey began September 23rd, in Fort McMurray, Alberta. His owner, Vanessa Summerfield, needed to find a pet-friendly apartment so she sent her feline friend to hang out with her family in Ontario until she found one.

The cat’s Air Canada flight landed in Edmonton. In the chaos of unloading bags and bundles, George escaped the carrier — twice — and fled. A group of volunteers searched the area for weeks, but not until November 22nd did they find a black and white cat, frozen. They informed the heartbroken Summerfield but thought to take the body to a vet before cremation. That’s when they learned the frozen cat was a female, not George.

Edmonton airport employees continued to catch sight of him from time to time. They left food and shelters around, hoping to lure him in. They even tried to track him with a donated infrared camera that was triggered by motion.

Summerfield posted updates on Facebook. Sympathetic comments, encouragement and ideas poured in, along with stories of other lost pets. But George stayed lost.

On December 20th, he showed up in a neighborhood five kilometers from the airport. He was thin and a little wary, but Hope Gulseth offered him blankets and food and gradually persuaded him to come inside. Her husband searched online. A Kijiji posting led him to the Facebook page and to Summerfield.

West Jet offered to fly George home, accompanied by two employees who had been part of the search team. Lori Oshanek and Patti Deby, both animal rescuers, made sure he arrived safely. This time the wandering cat rode in the cabin with his two new pals, inside a tightly secured kennel. They delivered him right into the arms of a very relieved Vanessa Summerfield.

Not every cat ends up on CBC’s TV news program, The National, but George did.

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Photo of George posted on Facebook by Vanessa Summerfield

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12:37AM PDT on Apr 4, 2014

Thank you

2:56AM PDT on Sep 22, 2012

Kool story!!

12:34PM PDT on May 21, 2012

Wow, what a tale George has to tell. So glad he survived and is back with his owner.

10:34PM PST on Jan 30, 2012

So glad George got home.

8:43PM PST on Jan 28, 2012

Such great news!

5:37AM PST on Jan 28, 2012

Yeah for West Jet - they are a great company. Way to go George!

6:52AM PST on Jan 24, 2012

Aww. I am so George is back home where he belongs.

But, I am sorry for the female cat they found. Rest in peace little angel.

10:46AM PST on Jan 22, 2012

glad his safe and back home! thanks for sharing :)

5:42PM PST on Jan 17, 2012

Glad George is okay.
RIP to the other kitty ):

2:59PM PST on Jan 16, 2012

It's scary to send a pet by air. So sorry for the poor frozen cat that should have been protected by humans.

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