Paula Van Zyl is desperate. Her beloved Zoe has gone AWOL and she’ll give anything to get her back – which is why she’s offering a handsome reward to the person who finds her.
Zoe, a one-year-old Persian chinchilla, came to live with Paula in her Cape Town home at the beginning of the year and crept into her heart straight away.
“Zoe is an indoor cat and she spends all her time with me,” a distressed Paula tells YOU. “We became even closer during lockdown and developed a very strong bond.”
Paula says Zoe went missing on 30 October after the door to the home she and her partner, Dieter Glintenkamp, share in a complex in Kraaifontein was left slightly open.
“We think it must’ve been left open by mistake by workers and Zoe slipped out. When Dieter realised she wasn’t in her usual spot he searched frantically around the house.”
The couple then hunted around the neighbourhood, calling their precious puss. Home just isn’t the same without Zoe, Paula says. “Dieter misses her terribly too. Zoe loves to cuddle in his arms and sometimes takes naps on his chest. We’re just so sad.”
Zoe has a white fluffy coat with silver tips and bright-green eyes, “She’s an expensive Persian breed and quite rare so it’s possible she was stolen,” Paula says.
Which is why they’re offering R10 000 to get her back – no questions asked. “If someone has stolen her, they’ll be able to buy their own kitten with the money.”
Zoe has been microchipped, she adds.
“She’s our little baby,” says Paula emotionally. “Please help us to find her and bring her home.”