Louie, an orange, long-hair house cat, ran away from his Edgeware Dr. home years ago and was recently found at the nearby Masco Canada facility. Louie was brought to City Animal Services on May 20 where staff posted his picture and information online to help find his family.
After Louie disappeared, Castiglioni searched for her lost pet, placing ads and online postings to no avail. Like many owners of missing animals, Castiglioni’s hope dwindled and she eventually decided to move on without her feline companion.
Luckily for Louie, shelter volunteer Lois Warden agreed to take him home. The two women had corresponded on Facebook when the posting was made and agreed to visit Louie at the shelter together and split the cost of his release.
“She (Nancy) can come and see him and we’re sending notes back and forth,” said Warden, who is glad to take the friendly nine-year-old tom cat. “We’ve got shared custody,” she said.
And as for Louie himself, he was in remarkably good physical condition despite his stray cat lifestyle.
“He certainly wasn’t underweight. He wasn’t beat up at all, he was just an absolute mess as far as his coat went,” said Warden. “He was disgustingly matted and full of dirt.”
As for what the cat got up to in the last few years – where he lived, whether he hunted and foraged for food or was fed by a benevolent human – it’s something only Louie himself knows, and it’s puzzling for Castiglioni and Warden.
“Who knows what the story is,” said Warden. “You wish they could talk sometimes,” she said.