The RSPCA hunt for owners of cat rescued from van engine

The RSPCA wants to reunite a cat with his owner after he was discovered trapped behind the engine of a removal van.The ginger tabby cat, nicknamed Sparky, was coaxed out of the engine of a van in Reading, Berks, after he is thought to have travelled 60 miles inside the vehicle.

Passer-by Darren Sumner, managed to coax Sparky out of the van after he spotted the vehicle broken down in London Road, Reading on Sunday (August 28). Darren took the cat home, gave him some food and water and kept him overnight, until an RSPCA officer arrived to collect him.

Darren said: “He’s a lovely cat. He used a litter tray so I think he’s probably someone’s pet. He woke me up at about 3am in the morning for a play. I hope his owners can be found.”

Sparky was taken to the vets for a check over and was miraculously unscathed by his ordeal. He is now being cared for by the RSPCA Reading branch while efforts are made to try and find his owners – who are thought to come from around White Hart Lane area in Tottenham, where the van started the journey. However, the task of reuniting Sparky with his owners is made far more challenging due to the fact that he is not microchipped.

Helena Pearce, from the RSPCA Reading Branch, said: “We think Sparky is about a year old. He’s extremely friendly and loves to climb up onto your chest for fuss.

“It would be great to reunite him with his owners, they must be worried sick about him.”

International Cat Care believe that microchipping, which provides the accurate and permanent identification of pet cats, is an essential component of cats’ welfare. Having this information is vital in reuniting cats with their owners should a cat ever stray, escape or get lost and helps to avoid situations like this.

Anyone who recognises Sparky can contact the RSPCA Reading Branch on 07885 655075 so that he can be reunited with his owners as soon as possible.

Full details about International Cat Care’s policy on the importance of microchipping and additional information about the procedure can be found here.

Sparky in the van engine Sparky after being recused by the RSPCA

Courtesy of the RSPCA 

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