Rupert the catRSPCA Cymru has helped reunite a 13-year-old lost cat with their owner, after the feline was found stuck between fencing in Pencoed.

The animal welfare charity was contacted after a member of the public found a collapsed ginger cat trapped between fencing on Hafod Las on 26 June.

An RSPCA officer collected the cat, after the caller freed the animal from her plight. The cat was initially very wobbly after the ordeal; but soon recovered after an assessment at a veterinary practice.

Rupert’s owner was searching for the cat in the local area, and found out about her moggy’s rescue via word-of-mouth. RSPCA Cymru say they are “over the moon” to have helped the cat return home – but say the story is another “timely reminder” as to the importance of getting cats microchipped.

The Welsh Government recently announced it is to consider whether to introduce the compulsory microchipping of cats – something RSPCA Cymru has long supported.

Paula Milton, RSPCA animal collection officer, said: “We’re over the moon to have helped rescue Rupert, and play a part in ensuring this cat is safely back home.

“Fortunately, Rupert’s worried owner found out what had happened to her via word of mouth in the local area.

“This story is a timely reminder as to the importance of getting cats microchipped. This is not currently a legal requirement – but can ensure pets like Rupert get reunited with their owner very quickly.

“Microchipping a cat gives them the best chance of being identified and returned to you if they become lost.”

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