Lost and Found

By Taylor Huestis

Lost pet is something every owner fears, and sadly it can happen in the blink of an eye. That’s exactly what happened to Debra and Jeff.

They had their kitty, Frida, ever since she was baby. “Frida was a kitten discovered by an older lady at the Shur-Gain feed mill in Port Williams in 2007,” Debra remembered. “She was a beautiful little cat, about 10 months old it was guessed, and probably because of her hard start in life, was very small in size and very wary of people initially. After a couple of visits Frida came home with us and after a few weeks became the friendliest cat and loved to be with you.”

“We named her after Frida Kahlo,” continued Debra, “Frida Kahlo overcame great adversity to become one of Mexico’s greatest artists. It seemed a fit.”

As Frida the kitty got older, she started to lose her sight and hearing. So, they started their own special way of communicating with each other. Debra and Jeff knock on the floor and the vibrations let Frida know where they are in the house.

But randomly one day when Jeff was away and their granddaughter was visiting, Frida didn’t come when she was called.

“She was nowhere to be found,” worried Debra. “Luckily it was a warm night, but I was so scared as I thought maybe she got turned around and couldn’t find her way home. We have never lost Frida before and always trusted that she would turn up at the door meowing to let her in.”

Thankfully, someone found Frida wandering on the side of the road in the dark, and they brought her to safety at the Kings SPCA.

As with all pets brought in, our team first scanned for a microchip, and then checked to see if anyone reported a missing cat. They took an adorable picture and posted it on Facebook to hopefully find her family.

“I recognized her right away,” Debra beamed. “It was such a relief to see her lovely face.”

Debra and Jeff drove down to the shelter right away.

“When we arrived at the SPCA, we found that Frida in a short time had made quite an impression on everyone,” smiled Debra. “She really is a special cat. It was such a relief to have Frida back. I must say I felt so guilty, and I hated for this to be her end. She settled right into my lap on the way home and we snuggled for quite a while after.”

Although our team was sad to see Frida go, we were thankful she was able to be reunited with her loving family.

“For a small little cat she had quite a presence in our lives,” Debra shared. “She settled back in home and has no interest in going out anymore. Thank goodness. Just a special thanks to those who keep their eye out for strays and go out of their way to find them their home. We are so thankful for those folks that helped us reunite with Frida.”


A microchip gives your lost pet the best chance of being returned home safely. Shelters, rescues, and animal hospitals scan for microchips looking for your contact information. It’s safe, simple, and small… but makes a big difference.

Your pet can be microchipped at our SPCA Veterinary Hospitals in Dartmouth and Cape Breton.

Dartmouth – Email vet@spcans.ca or call 902-706-4155

Cape Breton – Email hospital@spcans.ca or call 902-241-2240


Taylor Huestis

Taylor is the Communications & Development Officer with the Nova Scotia SPCA and proud adoptive paw-rent to Bonnie and Boy. She is passionate about raising awareness and funds for local pets and loving families. Connect with Taylor at thuestis@spcans.ca or 902-222-0378 today.