Photo Credit: Ashley Evertse-Brown

A complex in Fourways had decided to remove a long-term stray, and before they could, one woman took a chance in finding her a home – she never expected to reunite a family with their lost cat.


Johannesburg, South Africa (05 November 2021) – Ashley Evertse-Brown took to her community Facebook page to ask for help with rehoming an abandoned cat in a nearby complex. At the complex AGM, it was decided that the cat would be caught and taken to the local SPCA to be put to sleep. Ashley desperately wanted to find an alternative.

According to Ashley, the pretty grey cat had been in the complex for two years, and it was assumed she was abandoned there by previous owners. As the complex had a strict no-pet policy, the only option was to get rid of the cat.

People were outraged at the idea of putting the stray girl down and quickly mobilised to find her a home. What nobody expected was the story to take a very happy turn.

The post was seen by Nicolene Stuart, whose cat had gone missing two years ago. Nicolene instantly recognised Jaimie and reached out to check where she was. Nicolene explained that they searched for Jaimie for months, eventually giving up as they presumed she had died. The cat was a beloved pet of her daughter.

Jaimie would have been 14 years old by this time and had spent 11 years of her life with the Stuart family. They made arrangements to see the cat, and Nicolene decided that even if it wasn’t their cat, they would offer her a home anyway.

Well… It was Jaimie!

Jaimie recognised her family instantly and ran over for her loves and cuddles. They were overwhelmed with joy and quickly got her back home.

Nicolene shared an update this morning and confirmed that Jaimie settled right back into her home, making her daughter the happiest she has ever been.

“Update on Jaimie. Been to the vet, no feline aids or leukaemia. She does have a severe case of snuffles which we will treat with antibiotics for 10 days and she will be under quarantine as not to infect my other cats. Just been revaccinated. She has got old complex fracture to the skull/ face, but this has healed over time. Soft foods and lots of love to get her weight up and she will be 100% healthy again.”

We won’t even lie; we are sobbing! Proper ugly crying but with joy. This is such a miracle, and it is proof that we should never stop sharing the photos of missing pets. Anything can happen!

Sources: ILF
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