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After month-long search, welcome return of Islington family cat Neruda

Missing moggie helped to make New Yorkers feel at home in N1

10 November, 2017 — By Joe Cooper

Neruda safe at home with Elias, 5, Emilie, Ossian, 21 months, Rowan and Zia, 3

MANY a left-leaning intellectual has made Islington their home over the years, but the latest – a four-legged addition – has had a little trouble getting used to his surroundings.

Ten-year-old tabby cat Neruda, named after the Chilean poet-diplomat Pablo Neruda, went missing from his Canonbury home in September, sparking a frantic month-long search from his owners.

But visitors to Upper Street have been relieved to find a “he’s home!” message added to the “missing” posters.

“We were just going to take the posters down, but everyone has been so lovely and helpful, we wanted people to know that he was home,” said owner Emilie Jacobs.

Despite the stress of losing the much-loved pet, who has been in the family since 2008, the experience has had a silver lining. The family only moved from New York to Canonbury in February, and Emilie said the reaction from the community has helped them feel welcome.

“We’ve had so many texts and calls, even after we let people know we’d found him. Coming from New York, it’s been lovely. Islington has been wonderful for us. And it’s helped us get to know the area too – the parks, the restaurants.”

Neruda was found wandering the streets while the family were on holiday in Mexico and taken to Harmsworth Memorial Animal Hospital in Finsbury Park.

“He had lost a lot of weight, but the kids are enjoying fattening him back up,” Emilie added.

The family moved from America to London for husband Rowan’s job. Emilie, a doctor, met him in America, where he wooed her with Neruda’s poetry – hence their pet’s name.

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