Shawnigan Lake family elated after Tigger found safe and sound

Joyce Hill had been looking for her daughter’s lost cat around the Shawnigan Lake area since the feline bolted from her home on May 8.

Tigger the cat has finally been found.

Joyce Hill had been looking for her daughter’s lost cat around the Shawnigan Lake area since the feline bolted from her home on May 8.

After weeks of searching, placing more than 150 pictures of Tigger on telephone poles, and having a story run in the Citizen, Hill said she managed to catch the one-and-a-half year old feline in a live trap just one block from her home on June 1.

“He was very thin and dehydrated and I hardly recognized him, but there was no doubt when I saw the [identification] tattoo on his ear,” said Hill, who has laryngitis from yelling for Tigger for more than three weeks in her search.

“He’s an inside cat who isn’t used to being outdoors, so we’re relieved and excited Tigger’s finally back home. There’s lots of dogs, raccoons, bears and cougars in this area, so we’re pretty lucky.”

Hill’s daughter Tonia, who has special needs, had been in tears since her beloved Tigger disappeared, and was not sleeping or eating properly.

Hill said Tonia and Tigger were “delighted” to be reunited and the cat has not left Tonia’s bed other than to eat and use the litter box since his rescue.

“I’d like to thank everyone who helped in the search, and those who reached out in sympathy,” she said.

“It’s a miracle Tigger has finally come home and we’re all on cloud nine. It’s a blessing from heaven.”