The Independent London Newspaper
26th April 2019

Where have you been Winston? Cat which vanished on Christmas Day rescued by kind-hearted couple

    Winston's owners appealed for help in the New Journal and hired thermal imaging search teams

    Published: 19 January, 2017

    A BLACK cat is recovering with bandaged paws three weeks after vanishing on Christmas Day. 

    Winston, from Lancaster Grove, Belsize Park, was discovered in Netherhall Gardens, Hampstead, on Monday by a kind-hearted couple who took him to a vet, fearing he was already dead. 

    Owner Richard Poynter, a former marine who had been searching for Winston for three weeks, said the cat was “cross” but “happy”. 

    Richard thanked the couple, search parties and the New Journal for raising the alarm a fortnight ago. 

    “He was found by some very kind people who rushed him to the vet and thought he may actually be dead – he was really that bad,” he said. 

    “Luckily he is ‘chipped’ so the vet scanned him and called us. He is still being cared for at the vet as he is too unwell to come home yet. Hopefully, he will be back in a few days.” 

    He added: “He is lying on his favourite blanket which we took down to keep him comfortable and surrounded by familiar smells. He is cross to be bandaged but happy to be in the warm and cared for.”


    Raised a smile

    Hurray, Winston's safe!
    Kudos to the couple who found him and took him quickly to a vet and the vet who responded with therapy and notified the owner.
    I have rescued many stray and lost cats over the years. Happily, most have been reunited with their families. I do miss them and do think of them often with fondness.
    So pleased for Winston and Richard and Co, hope your reunion at home is swift and your days together long and happy.
    And to Beans Shuttlefield, you are thought of often ...

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