About this website & Stray Cats
In admiration & support for Silvana Valentino-Locke's achievements with homeless, abandoned & feral cats, the design & construction of this website were donated by Robin Worboyes & Tony Merryfield. The public road sign was designed by Robin & was donated by the Worboyes family.
With thanks to Signcorp for a charitable rate & a job well done.
The information in this chapter comes from the experience of active Rescue Centers such as Romney House, & some very real lost cat cases. The following pages offer guidance to those looking for their own missing cat, they will try to explain how to search methodically, successfully & how to avoid making mistakes. Below is one particular case, which taught some invaluable 1st hand lessons.
The illustration within The Romney House logo is a loving memorial to an absent friend.
Kato became a symbol of cats in need of rescue in 2007
Out a little late one October evening, whilst patrolling his territory limits.
Gunpowder in the hands of children, caused him to bolt in panic & he lost himself.
As fireworks night fast approached great efforts were made to locate the shy boy, but sightings were few.
His instincts would have hidden him away from people, & the terrifying explosions that increased towards November the 5th.
Fireworks night passed by, as did Christmas & the New Year.
100s of posters & many more flyers through letter boxes surfaced no clear sign of him.
The months passed, all hope faded & the worst was feared.
The posters which had been updated 3 times, were all re-located & tearfully taken down.
The dependent young cat survived alone for six months, before he was found lifeless in a back garden just meters from the edge of the search area.
His body lay in the middle of the grass, in his sun bathing position.
He had at least gone to sleep in the spring sunshine, & passed away peacefully.
Kato had been seen going through rubbish bins looking for food, sadly he was just considered to be a mischievous pet.
It was all a very bitter irony.
His very first missing poster had been raised on a tree not 10 metres away but the family whose garden he was in, had never even set eyes on it.
Also, in life he was the close companion of an experienced cat rescue & rehabilitation volunteer.
In April 2008 Kato was carried home in a box & laid to rest under his favourite snug in his own quiet garden. He was at least no longer a little lost soul.
Something positive must be sought for in tragedy. Mistakes made & lessons learned the hard way have since helped others to locate their lost pets. The search for Kato also uncovered 3 more strays who had been scavenging on the streets & in gardens. Those lost pets were rescued & happily re-homed after their previous owners were not found & no-one emerged to re-claim them. Kato very sadly didn't make it, but he took his place to become the Symbol for Romney House. His image now stands proudly by the roadside, he is a reminder of the many small cats who have a large need for rescue.
Rest in Peace Kato.