AN ASHBOURNE pensioner who took in a stray cat believes it may have travelled to the town from Pontefract in Yorkshire.
The little black cat was found in an alley off Walton Crescent on Thursday, January 24 and an appeal for information was subsequently published in the News Telegraph.
The pensioner who took in the cat received information that its description and the time it was found linked it to a stray black cat which had beconme accidentally trapped in a toilet on a coach.
She said: “Somebody rang me up and asked about the cat.
“They said the description of it in the paper matched a black cat that they had found in a coach toilet.
“It was found in a coach that Glover’s had just taken delivery of.
“The description matched and the time matched.”
Now an appeal has been launched in the South Elmsall area near Pontefract in hopes that a family will be reunited with their pet.
The pensioner added: “We’re pretty sure it’s a stow-away. The timing fits in.
“I spoke to the company in Pontefract and she said there had been a black stray cat around.
“The cat woud have had to have got lost to have gone into the coach works and it was a small black cat which is what Glovers say was stowed away in the coach.”
Notices have been put up in a post office in South Elmsall and the pensioner is now planning to launch a Facebook campaign to get the foundling feline’s picture into the Pontefract area.
Glover’s coaches confirmed a cat had been found on a coach, but said they could not confirm whether the pet had travelled from Pontefract or whether it had somehow managed to get onto the coach during a test drive around Ashbourne.
The coach company in South Elmsall, Moseleys PCV Ltd, said they had been approached about the cat and knew it had been found in a toilet, but were not aware that there had been an animal on the coach when it left the works.
A spokesman for Ashbourne and District Animal Welfare said: “It’s a little small black cat. She is female and has been spayed.
“She is friendly and quite young, probably under two years old.”
If the cat cannot be reunited with her family, the animal charity will attempt to rehome her.