A CAT who went missing and lived on the grounds of a Loch Lomond campsite for 12 years has finally found her fur-ever home.

Back in August, the Advertiser shared the story of Georgie, a tortoiseshell-and-white cat who had spent October 2008 with her owners at a campsite in Rowardennan when she vanished just before she was due to return to her home 250 miles away in Rochdale.

In the years that followed, Georgie was fed and cared for by campsite staff and regularly visited holidaymakers, wandering into caravans and camper vans looking for food, comfort and company.

But when the campsite was forced to close during the first Scottish lockdown, meaning there would be no-one on site to keep their eye on her, staff called in Cats Protection for help.

The charity’s Glasgow adoption centre, in line with protocol, scanned for a microchip, and traced her original owner.

Owner Amy Davies was surprised and overjoyed to learn Georgie had been found after so many years, but a change in her personal circumstances meant she was unable to have Georgie back, so made the difficult decision to allow her to be adopted.

At the age of 16, Georgie had a list of health problems including thyroid and dental issues which needed treatment, as well as arthritis.

However, Georgie has now found a loving home with cat lover Margaret Petrie – a secondary school teacher who was looking for a new cat companion after having lost her previous pet, Cheddar, to illness.

Margaret, who lives close to the Cats Protection adoption centre in Glasgow and already has a pet rabbit and a pet hen, said: “It’s always good to have a wee cat.

"I hadn’t heard about Georgie’s story when I was looking at the centre’s website, but I was looking to home a cat that other people might not want.

“I was heartbroken when I heard what a tough life she’d had.

“Georgie’s very affectionate, friendly and loving and will come in and in say hello when I’m sitting in the lounge, before returning to her bed.

“She could go out if she wanted but she isn’t very mobile and prefers to stay indoors after such a long time spent living outdoors. Georgie pays no attention to the rabbit, who is bigger than her, or the hen!”

Glasgow Adoption Centre manager Andy Currie said: “We are delighted Georgie has found a home where she will be able to live a quiet, stress-free life after so many years living the life of a stray.

“We wish them all the best for the future.”