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Surrey Animal Resource Centre reunites globetrotting cat missing since 2014 with owners


December 21, 2016

For immediate release:  December 21, 2016

Surrey, BC – Stray pets are common guests at the Surrey Animal Resource Centre (SARC) but Pharfalla, an 8 year old Torti female cat, is not your everyday stray cat. Animal Control staff picked her up in Guildford on December 14th. The Guildford couple who found Pharfalla helping herself to food at their home were happy to keep the stray but wanted to ensure they weren’t keeping someone else’s cat.

The good news is that Pharfalla had been tagged with an identification microchip. However, when SARC staff ran the chip there was no local information on it. After a little more sleuthing, staff determined the microchip was of Swiss origin. Turns out, Pharfalla had been flown from Switzerland to Seattle to Calgary before being trucked to McLeese Lake with its owners in Central BC.

In June 2014, Pharfalla went missing without a trace. Somehow Pharfalla found a way to make the 560 km journey from McLeese Lake to Surrey. Despite the lengthy trek and her extended time on her own, she is in excellent condition.

Pharfalla’s rightful owners have been contacted in McLeese Lake and will be driving down on Friday to Surrey to collect their globetrotting feline.

Every year, the Surrey Animal Resource Centre provides care to over 2000 animals with the commitment to ensuring safe, quality animal care.  The Centre provides animal care, information about owner responsibilities, dog off-leash areas, the City of Surrey's animal regulations, and serves as a call centre for lost pets, and animal complaints.



For additional information:

Kim Marosevich
Operations Manager
Bylaws and Licensing
City of Surrey

Media inquiries:

Oliver Lum
Communications Manager
Office of the Mayor
City of Surrey