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Faded ear tattoo reunites lost cat with owner after 6 years

Catherine Griwkowsky, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:41 PM ET

EDMONTON — Six years of separation and 3,500 kilometres apart is about to come to and end for a calico cat and a city-area woman.

Cleo the cat was saved from the Brockville Animal Shelter in Ontario by a faded ear tattoo and a lot of work from people across the country.

Amanda Graham lost Cleo shortly before returning to Alberta.

Betty-Jean Matthews, who started Stuck in the Mud Animal Rescue, said Cleo wasn’t eating, not because of physical reasons, but because she was depressed.

“They wanted to get her quickly into a rescue facility so we could work one-on-one with her and get her out of the shelter setting so she could eat again,” Matthews said.

A vet went to perform a spay operation on Cleo, only to find she had already been spayed, and noticed the tattoo inside her ear.

Ontario hasn’t done cat tattoos in 10 years, a fact that intrigued the veterinarian.

A volunteer with the rescue owns a lost cat network and called back to say the cat was spayed in 2009 in Edmonton.

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