Clyde the Cat Returns Home After 3-Year Journey
09/15/2009 AT 04:17 PM EDT
But that all changed last week, when Phillips received a call from a veterinarian nearly 2,500 miles away in the town of Cloncurry: Clyde had been found. Where he'd been for the past three years, no one knew, but thanks to a microchip in his ear, the little guy's family was located, and he'll soon be returning home.
A local nurse found Clyde in April, after he began wandering into the Cloncurry hospital. She took him in, but was forced to give him up last week when she moved. Clyde was turned over to local veterinarian Donna Weber, who discovered his microchip and contacted the Phillips. "Ashleigh thought I was lying when I told her they'd found Clyde," Phillips said. "It's awesome news and something we never expected to happen."
Clyde is now starting his long journey home. Weber drove him 75 miles to the airport Tuesday morning, and he now faces flights from Mount Isa to Hobart (located on the island of Tasmania), with layovers in Brisbane and Melbourne, courtesy of Dogtainers animal transport company. "We are all really nervous hoping Clyde will be okay and not scared after everything he's been through," Phillips said. But more than anything, she, Ashleigh and the rest of the family are excited to make their pet feel at home again. "We've got a crate for him to be in until he settles and we are building a cat run for him, too."
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