One woman has revealed that she spends her free time, sometimes the early hours of the morning, finding dead cats and matching them with their owners.
Natalie Bennett’s mission began a year ago when her own cat was run over and the council sent her to a landfill.
Natalie, 39, has returned five dead cats to their owners in the past two months – as well as two missing ones, reports DerbyshireLive.
Her cat Trinity, which she had adopted from Greece with her partner Paul Rosser, was run over near her house a year ago while Natalie was at work.
When Trinity didn’t come home, Natalie knocked on the neighbors’ doors and posted them on social media.
She was told that a cat similar to hers had been found on the side of the busy road and that the council had recovered the body.
Natalie visited the town hall and learned that her pet had already been disposed of.
She said, “She had a microchip, but they said they couldn’t find it. I was ashamed. If I had got it back I could have held it again and put it to rest as I wanted.” she should rest, not like they did. “
She added, “I knew she would have tried to come home as before when she was attacked by a dog.
“The fact that she couldn’t go home and I couldn’t bring her home was so devastating. Some people say, ‘Would you want to see her in this state?’ and I say, “Yeah, I wouldn’t have minded.” I just wanted her back.
“That’s why I do this. Obviously some cats are not doing well and people say, ‘How do you do this?’ I don’t even think about it, I just think I have to try to bring the baby home.
“Paul also helped me where he can. He brought me a cat once when my car was in the garage, so he’s a great pillar that really helps.”
Natalie joined Gizmo’s army, which is committed to ending the unnecessary disposal of dead cats.
“It was hard at first and I wondered if I could do it,” she said.
Corpses without chips or collars are taken to Scarsdale Vets in Pride Park, where they are held for at least a week. Missing cats found alive will be taken to Derby Cats Protection.
“I reunited a person who was lost for almost a year and another nine months,” said Natalie.
“If there is a report of a cat that has passed away, I’ll do my best to get there as soon as possible.
“I picked one up on the A38 last week at 2:30 am. During the day, this is not possible because the road is so busy. This cat was in the median. I had to hold onto the driveway and run up and over the A38 and fetch him off.
“I scanned it and it had a chip. Its owners had been looking for three weeks, so I took it home to its owner, not obvious how she wanted it, but she could calm him down and bury it in her yard.”
Natalie is among 1,000 cat lovers across the country involved in a new bipartisan bid to pass the Gizmo bill – to ensure local authorities scan dead cats’ microchips found on streets or sidewalks so that all attempts are made to reunite them with their owner.
The campaign began five years ago when Helena Abraham’s cat Gizmo was disposed of after a car accident without attempting to reunite her with her pet.
Helena said, “This law cannot come fast enough to ensure that our pets receive the respect they deserve and that owners are able to close down.”
Natalie added, “It is important for me to preserve Gizmo’s legacy as law so that cat owners have a better chance of getting their pets back and a chance for them to get shut down and not wonder what happened to them for years.
“It can really hurt if you don’t know for sure and don’t get your fur baby back.”
To join Gizmo’s legacy or to learn more about the campaign, visit the Facebook page here
Currently, drivers are not required to report a cat run over, and street sweepers do not need to look for a microchip with the owner’s details before disposing of the body.
Some councils scan for microchips to let owners know, but this is not a legal requirement.
The pet food company Encore supports the campaign and has pledged to donate scanners to scan deceased animals for microchips to all councils.
A spokesman for Derby City Council said: “Dead dogs and cats will be scanned for identity chips. If a chip is found, we will contact the registered owner.”
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