A duo who travelled from their European homes to this province have reached their goal of meeting Trooper the Cat.
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June Wishart of Scotland, left, and Monika Mattson of Sweden meet Trooper the Cat in Stephenville on Tuesday.
June Wishart of Scotland and Monika Mattson of Sweden met online after seeing pictures of the cat following its rescue by Society for the Care and Protection of Animals (SCAPA) volunteers from a frozen driveway in Stephenville Crossing in February 2012.
They started raising money for Trooper’s care and decided earlier this year to plan a trip to Newfoundland and Labrador to meet the feline.
Ms. Wishart and Ms. Mattson met up in London and flew to St. John’s earlier this month. They’ve travelled across the province meeting animal lovers and on Tuesday met Trooper in Stephenville.
“The trip was totally worth it,” said Ms. Mattson. “He’s just as soft and as furry as I thought he would be. He’s such a sweet kitty.”
“He’s every bit I thought he would be – he’s gorgeous.” June Wishart
Ms. Wishart had a similar reaction to meeting Trooper.
“He’s every bit I thought he would be – he’s gorgeous,” she said.
“If I gave him all the kisses people asked me to give him, he’d be soaking wet, so I gave him one big kiss from everybody.”
In addition to meeting Trooper, the pair also made a donation to SCAPA from a fundraiser held by Ms. Wishart’s friends in the Canary Islands.
Accepting the gift was Delores Samms, a shelter volunteer and sister of SCAPA manager Gwen Samms. She said she was very happy the ladies were able to meet Trooper, noting the cat is doing much better these days and currently weighs about 10 to 11 pounds.