Teenager praise for Barnstaple cat rescue

Joseph Bulmer

Charity and grateful owner thank Barnstaple girl for quick actions in saving Jess the wandering kitten.

A grateful pet owner and an animal charity have praised a Barnstaple teenager who rescued a kitten from an ice cold stream on New Years Eve.

The Gazette reported recently how black and white kitten Jess had gone missing from her home in Braunton but was found several days later in the Newport area by 16-year-old Courtney Sargent.

She contacted Barnstaple Cats Protection, which was able to reunite Jess with owners Helen and Andy Norman and their two boys thanks to her microchip.

In gratitude the charity and Helen have presented Courtney with some vouchers to spend at High Street fashion store New Look. She thanked the charity and family for her vouchers and said she was pleased to hear Jess was safely back home.

Jess and her brother Stig were rehomed with the Normans by Barnstaple Cats Protection. No one knows how the five-month-old Jess managed to travel from Velator and it is assumed she sneaked onboard a vehicle and “hitchhiked” into town without its owners noticing.

Had she not been found, Sue Carder at the charity said it was unlikely she could have survived on her own for much longer.

She said it was so refreshing to hear of a teenager doing a good deed for a helpless animal instead of the bad press they often received.

Without her microchip, Jess would almost certainly not have been reunited with her owners and Sue said the story also highlighted the need for cat owners to have their pet micro-chipped.