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Tara the missing cat FOUND safe and well after a bizarre mix up at a Bondi vet

Tara the missing kitty FOUND safe and well after a bizarre mix up at a Bondi vet saw the wrong cat handed over and then lost

  • Tortoiseshell cat Tara went missing in Bondi after vet discharged the wrong pet 
  • Bondi Junction Veterinary Hospital released cat named Tara instead of Lara
  • Tara’s heartbroken owners are currently overseas and have demanded answers 
  • Vet hospital ‘terribly sorry’ for bungle and hired a pet detective to help find Tara
  • After the feline was released to the wrong family she then ran away 
  • But the cat was miraculously found on Monday much to the relief of her owners

A beloved pet cat has been miraculously found after a shattered vet released the feline to the wrong family by mistake and the cat then vanished. 

The desperate search for Tara the tortoiseshell cat was launched in Sydney’s eastern suburbs with pet detectives called in to help track down the beloved animal.

Daily Mail Australia exclusively revealed on Tuesday the world famous Bondi Junction Veterinary Hospital mixed up Tara with another tortoiseshell cat called Lara at the clinic and she then ran away.

The cat had been missing since mid-July but in an update shared to Facebook on Monday night it was revealed Tara has been located safe and well. 

The hunt in Sydney’s east for missing cat Tara was successful (pictured with owner Katie Matthews)

Tara was found and trapped on Monday after she had been missing for weeks (pictured)

Tara was found and trapped on Monday after she had been missing for weeks (pictured)

The tortoiseshell feline who ran away is doing well after she was found and trapped on Monday night (pictured)

The tortoiseshell feline who ran away is doing well after she was found and trapped on Monday night (pictured)

The mixed up happened when Tara was handed to the grandmother of the family which owned Lara. 

They didn’t realise it was the wrong cat and let her out into the back garden when the family returned home and Tara, unfamiliar with her surroundings, managed to escape.

Her owners Katie Matthews and her partner Bernardo Matuck, were both overseas in separate  countries visiting sick relatives but were distraught to hear their beloved cat had run away.

Mr Matuck posted on Monday night about the ‘awesome news’ and thanked everyone who helped in the search effort for the furry runaway. 

One of Tara owners was ecstatic to hear that their pet had been found safe (pictured)

One of Tara owners was ecstatic to hear that their pet had been found safe (pictured) 

The vet hospital has hired a pet detective to help in the frantic search for Tara

The vet hospital has hired a pet detective to help in the frantic search for Tara

Friends of the couple of people who had simply heard the story were delighted to hear the cat is back home

Friends of the couple of people who had simply heard the story were delighted to hear the cat is back home

Vet hospital owner Dr Julia Crawford admitted last month the mistake was caused by human error – but insisted protocols are in place. 

The clinic and staff have been the target of community backlash and abuse since the bungle.

They took to Facebook to shoulder responsibility and ask that negative comments not be directed towards that family of the other cat Lara which picked up the wrong pet.

‘The grandma who inadvertently collected Tara (instead of Lara) did NOT intentionally let Tara outside,’ the clinic said.

‘Ideally, no cat should be let outside immediately after returning home from a stay away from home, and that was the sentiments behind the words typed in the frantic message sent to Tara’s owners.

Katie told Daily Mail Australia she and her partner Bernardo Matuck were beside themselves over their fur baby's disappearance (pictured all together)

Katie told Daily Mail Australia she and her partner Bernardo Matuck were beside themselves over their fur baby’s disappearance (pictured all together)

Ms Crawford said there were policies and steps in place to ensure a mix up like this does not happen but they were unfortunately not followed when the pets were released. 

‘It was a single mistake made by someone who in that moment wasn’t thinking about what they were doing,’ she said. 

‘Similar cats next to each other. Everything is labelled, everything’s in the right place, and it was a human error.

The other cat Lara was released shortly after Tara went missing and has already settled back into life at home. 

Bondi Junction Veterinary Hospital became world famous via vet Dr Chris Brown and the hit television show Bondi Vet, where the long-running show was originally filmed.

The series has since moved to be filmed at another local veterinary clinic.

Bondi Junction Veterinary Hospital's Dr Julia Crawford (left) is heartbroken over the bungle caused by human error which led to Tara running away

Bondi Junction Veterinary Hospital’s Dr Julia Crawford (left) is heartbroken over the bungle caused by human error which led to Tara running away

The other cat Lara (pictured) has returned home to her owner in Bondi

The other cat Lara (pictured) has returned home to her owner in Bondi

Bondi Junction Veterinary Hospital was made famous by celebrity vet Dr Chris Brown (pictured)

Bondi Junction Veterinary Hospital was made famous by celebrity vet Dr Chris Brown (pictured)

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