Imagine getting a call from your local vet saying that someone found your cat that went missing 10 years ago!
This is what happened to Georgia Tsatsaris of Chadstone, Australia and her beloved cat, Mishka, that went missing in 2010 after she left her in an outdoor enclosure.
Last week, Tsatsaris says she received a call from Port Melbourne Vet telling her that a stray cat who was fighting to survive had been brought into their facility by a construction worker in the city, according to the Herald Sun.
Upon checking the microchip, the clinic discovered that the cat was Mishka.
“When I saw her looking so defeated and bony, I just broke down. She doesn’t look anything like she used to and I couldn’t even pick her up, she was so emaciated. I have no idea what she’s been through which breaks my heart but when I went to see her for the first time, I said her name and she let out a soft meow as she curled up to me and rubbed her face against my cheek,” Tsatsaris said.
Tsatsaris was told her cat would need extensive medical care for a severe upper respiratory infection. Unfortunately, that care can be costly.
“She has been living on the streets for a very long time and now she requires 24-hour care to fight the infection and to gain weight to finally come back home, to live her remaining years in a warm, loving home,” the cat owner shared on a GoFundMe page set up by a close friend to help offset those costs.
As of Monday, Tsatsaris was able to put a pause on the fundraising page, as she was able to reach her goal and cover Mishka’s current medical costs.
“Hi everybody, I want to let you know we are touched by your generosity, kindness, and support. We are no longer accepting donations for now as Mishka’s vet bills have been met,” her friend, Helen Petsios, wrote. “We cannot thank you enough.”