Justin Hawkins from The Darkness urges owners to chip their cats

08 June 2017
Justin Hawkins from The Darkness urges owners to chip their cats
The Darkness frontman Justin Hawkins is calling for cat owners to get their pets ‘chipped this Microchipping month (June) having been reunited with his missing moggy last year thanks to her microchip.
 
Singer and guitarist Justin was reunited with his cat Cully by Cats Protection last year, after she had been missing for an incredible three years.
 
The 10-year-old puss was handed into the charity’s Anglia Coastal Branch after being found living as a stray in Lowestoft, Suffolk, in May last year, but a routine scan for a microchip revealed that she belonged to one of the town’s most famous former residents.
 
Branch Coordinator Delphine Wood was quickly able to make contact with an overjoyed Justin, who took a break from a hectic tour schedule to travel to the UK to collect his feline friend.
 
“When Cully went missing I was heart-broken but I just knew she was still alive somewhere,” said Justin.
 
“I kept checking microchip databases and kept my details up to date in the hope of finding her. Three years later, after being found living as a stray, Cats Protection was able to reunite us thanks to her ‘chip details.”
 
“I was so happy when I heard she’d been found - I couldn’t wait to get her home. I’m sure any cat lovers like me will agree that our pets really are part of the family and it had been awful not knowing where she was for all that time.
 
“She’s settled back in so well since her return. I just wish she could tell us what she got up to during those years away but I guess we’ll never know. The main thing is that she’s back home where she belongs.”
 
“I’d like to encourage all cat owners to get their pets microchipped in case they ever go missing. It’s a simple procedure and I’d never have got Cully back without it.”
 
The appeal comes as new figures from the UK’s leading feline welfare charity show that nearly three quarters of stray cats are never reunited with their owners.
 
Almost a quarter (23%) of the cats taken in by Cats Protection last year were strays and around 72% (7,000) of these were never reunited with their owners, most likely due to a lack of identification.
 
The charity is therefore urging all cat owners to ‘chip their pets and keep their records up to date to help them reunite more lost cats with their loving owners in future.
 
To find out more about the benefits of microchipping please visit www.cats.org.uk
 
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For more information or photos of Justin and Cully please contact Cats Protection’s Media Office on 01825 741 911 or media.office@cats.org.uk
 
Notes to Editors: 
  1. Cats Protection is the UK’s leading feline welfare charity and helps around 190,000 cats each year through its national network of over 250 volunteer-run branches and 34 centres.
  2. Cats Protection’s vision is a world where every cat is treated with kindness and an understanding of its needs.
  3. Cats Protection’s registered charity number is 203644 (England and Wales) and SC037711 (Scotland). Founded as the Cats Protection League in 1927, the charity adopted the name Cats Protection in 1998. We ask that you use the name Cats Protection when referring to the charity in all published material.
  4. More information about the work of Cats Protection can be found at www.cats.org.uk