The family who found Snickers, from left Katrina, Jessica and Georgia Williams, with Whangaparaoa Police watchhouse officer Charlotte Jones.
Almost three weeks after he went missing, and after an extensive search by off duty police and the community, the Whangaparaoa Police cat Snickers was found, around 7km from the station, by the Williams family of Army Bay.
He jumped through a window into their home but the family, unaware of the search for Snickers, eventually let him out as he was not popular with their own cat Simba.
A short time later Katrina Williams saw a flyer in the letterbox about Snickers and put two and two together.
The family’s daughters, Georgia and Jessica, searched the neighbourhood, calling the cat, for two days and on Friday, November 3, Snickers reappeared in their back garden.
Katrina contacted Snickers’ chief carer, Whangaparaoa Police watchhouse officer Charlotte Jones, who was in the area, and a short time later the two were reunited.
The two-year-old cat is well known in the area for frequent visits to Coast Plaza, Whangaparaoa Hall and the library as well as nearby residents’ homes. He has an Instagram page where his wanderings are recorded.
On his return to the station, Charlotte says Snickers was keen to get out but once he was let outside, appeared reluctant to go too far.
“He’s in pretty good shape but I think he’s had a bit of a scare,” she says.