A Facebook image that garnered more than 2,000 hits brought a badly injured cat back to its owners as they holidayed in Australia.
Milo is a white Moggy from Ashington that was found ‘battered and bruised’ on the A24 as its owners were abroad.
Owner Suzanne Costin was in Australia with her husband Malcolm seeing one of their sons when she received a call from a friend.
“It was literally by chance that my friend, Claire, came round for dinner once and realised I had four cats, and she remembered I had a white one.”
Claire recognised a picture of Milo on Facebook posted by Arun Veterinary Group and contacted Suzanne.
“I drove around until I found a WiFi connection. I went online saw the picture of Milo and called my son Jake who was still at home. I asked him if he’d seen Milo and he said he hadn’t since yesterday,” said Suzanne.
The five-year-old feline was found by a man on the central reservation of the A24, close to the Costin’s home.
Julie Fourcade of Arun Veterinary Group said: “A person passing thought that he was a sandbag but on closer inspection realised he was a cat and brought him into the surgery out of hours.
“He didn’t have a microchip or collar so the nurses posted pictures of him on Facebook which were viewed by over 2000 people.”
It is believed the cat was hit by a car and left for dead, claimed Suzanne.
“I felt pig sick - I love my cats.
“Jake called us back and said it’s not looking brilliant. We didn’t want to make any decisions till we got home. I was so worried.”
Milo had sustained injuries to the nose, head, leg and tale, and had to be fed through a tube, having lost movement in his face.
“He would have died if he hadn’t been found,” said Suzanne. “He looked bruised and battered, and his tale is no longer functional.”
Arun Veterinary Group in Pulborough nursed Milo back to health over a week before returning him to his family.
“He has made a big recovery,” said Suzanne. “He’s eating normally now and has regained his full strength.
“We’re so grateful to the vets, the man who found him and my friend Claire.”
To learn more about Arun Veterinary Group visit www.arunvetgroup.co.uk