Woman discovers her missing cat Jannie has been adopted by another family and renamed CHICKPEA – and there’s nothing she can do to get her beloved ginger back
- Bilan Ozman lost her cat Jannie from outside her home in Perth in October
- Despite her tireless search, Jannie was missing for more than five weeks
- Ms Ozman found him on the Cat Haven Facebook page, but he’d been adopted
- Under WA laws, cats without identification can be rehomed within three days
- Ms Ozman hopes Jannie’s new owners will come forward so they can reunite
A pet owner is begging for a family to return her beloved cat Jannie after the missing ginger was handed in and adopted.
Bilan Ozman’s cat went missing from outside her home in Marangaroo in northern Perth in October.
The four-year-old ginger cat wasn’t wearing a collar when he disappeared, and despite Ms Ozman’s tireless search, had been missing for more than five weeks.
‘I got him during a hard time in my life and he’s helped me get through so much,’ Ms Ozman told The West.
‘He’s not just a pet but a family member. It’s been so hard not knowing where he was or what had happened to him.’
Bilan Ozman’s four-year-old cat Jannie went missing from outside her home in Marangaroo in October, and ended up being adopted by another family
Bilan Ozman had door knocked on neighbour’s houses, called council rangers, put out an impassioned Facebook plea, and searched through various lost pet groups before she discovered Jannie on Saturday on the Cat Haven Facebook page
Ms Ozman pleaded on Facebook for help to find her beloved cat
Ms Ozman had door knocked on neighbour’s houses, called council rangers, put out an impassioned Facebook plea, and searched through various lost pet groups before she discovered Jannie on Saturday on the Cat Haven Facebook page.
To her horror, Ms Ozman found that Jannie had been renamed Chickpea, and had been adopted by another family.
After contacting Cat Haven, management told Ms Ozman that there was nothing they could do, as under West Australian laws, cats that are found without any identification can be rehomed if they are not claimed within three days.
Ms Ozman hopes that Jannie’s new owners will come forward to reunite her with her cat.
Jannie has been renamed Chickpea, with Ms Ozman hoping she can make an agreement with his new owners
‘The Cat Haven were not willing to help,’ she said. ‘I just want to try and speak with the new owner and work something out.’
Cat Haven CEO Roz Robinson said she had seen missing cats rehomed on many occasions, and that it is the pet owners responsibility to keep collars on their animals or get them micro-chipped.
‘It comes down to people complying with the law and getting their cats sterilised and micro-chipped so that if they do go missing they can be returned,’ she said.
Under West Australian laws, cats like Jannie that are found without any identification can be rehomed if they are not claimed within three days