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St Albans station cat is reunited with owner after three years

Press Release   •   Feb 17, 2016 12:18 GMT

Brian, a cat believed to be a stray who lived at St Albans station and was fed and looked after by the station staff, was reunited with his owner after three years following the discovery of his microchip on a trip to the vet.

St Albans Team Leader Tasha Hodges explains: “Brian as we called him slept either on the station seat or in his box.

“We would go out and get cat food and biscuits for him weekly and with kind donations from our passengers as well, he never went hungry. Brian (called Obama by his owner) would follow us around the station and never went on the track or boarded a train nor was he frightened by trains. Our two security guards we have on Friday and Saturday night loved him as well.

Brian was taken to the vets for fleas and the microchip was discovered. He had been missing for three years following a trip to St Albans with his owner, a woman from London.

Tasha added: “We all hope Brian/Obama is settling in nicely back at home.”


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