Hunt on for cat’s owner

LOST . . . SSPCA staff believe Evan has become separated from his owner.
LOST . . . SSPCA staff believe Evan has become separated from his owner.

WORKERS at a Motherwell car garage made an unusual discovery while servicing a van last week.

Staff at the Evans Halshaw dealership on Windmillhill Street were surprised to find a cat inside the vehicle last Wednesday.

The cat, who employees named Evan, is now in the care of the Scottish SPCA’s Lanarkshire Animal Rescue and Rehoming Centre.

Animal rescue officer Joanna Boyle said: “Evan jumped out the back of a van which was in to be serviced. He must have snuck in unnoticed while the door was open before it arrived there.

“It’s possible he wanted to go inside the van for warmth and he’s certainly had quite an adventure since.

“Unfortunately we haven’t been able to trace Evan’s owner through the van driver, but we think he has come from somewhere quite close by as vehicles will go to the nearest branch to be serviced, usually within a 10-mile radius.

“The staff were quite amused by the situation and it was their idea to name him Evan.

“He’s a really friendly boy and has a beautiful, glossy coat so it’s likely he does have an owner who is missing him.

“Evan is slightly underweight, which may be an indication he has been straying for a while. He’s also suffering from conjunctivitis but is receiving treatment for this here.

“If no one comes forward for him, we’ll care for Evan until we can find him a loving new home.”

Anyone who recognises Evan is urged to call the SSPCA Animal Helpline on 03000 999 999.