This year’s Cats Protection Christmas animation follows eight-year-old Daniel and his cat Casper, a pair with an inseparable bond. A bond unbroken by distance and time, where Daniel spent a hopeful three years wishing for Casper to come home.
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For us, cats are at the heart of any home. They’re our companions, our family, our support through the toughest of times. It’s why we rehome thousands of cats to new homes across the UK each year, igniting life-long relationships between pets and their owners.
If you’ve ever had a beloved cat go missing, you’ll know only too well of the heartbreak and uncertainty their absence can bring – and how you’d wish to see their safe return.
It was only thanks to Casper’s microchip, and a determined Cats Protection volunteer, that they were finally reunited – just in time for Christmas!
Last year, Cats Protection helped reunite 2,500 cats with their owners, so cats like Casper could find their way home.
This year, we’re encouraging everyone to follow Casper’s Magical Journey and rediscover the magic of Christmas.
This year’s animation was inspired by the true tale of lucky cat Casper and his young owner, Daniel. When Casper went missing, Daniel’s mum Anna worried how their beloved cat would fend for himself out in the cold, or whether he’d been injured and was unable to make his way back home.
For three long years, there was no sign of Casper. Anna said: “I was heartbroken when he didn’t come back. I certainly didn’t expect to see him again.”
Then, a snowy-white moggy was handed in at Cats Protection’s Cornwall Adoption Centre in Truro. The centre team were surprised when they scanned him for a microchip and found it was registered to an address in Plymouth, 55 miles away. They rang Daniel’s mum, Anna, straight away to give her the good news – Casper was safe, and ready to come home.
After receiving the call, Anna made the 110-mile round-trip from Plymouth to the centre in Truro to collect Casper. Anna said: “I’m so glad that not only did we have him microchipped but that we kept our details up to date. Casper has settled right back in and seemed to remember us straight away.”