"A couple of months ago, [Fiona's] neighbors moved away and left poor George to fend for himself," Sara Daly, a friend of Fiona's, wrote on George's GoFundMe page. Whether he was dumped or had managed to escape from his foster home before they left, George was later found 12 miles away from the only neighborhood he ever knew.
It's unknown how long he wandered or the difficulties he encountered as a senior house cat suddenly left on his own - but luckily for him, he was rescued from the streets by kind strangers and taken to a local animal shelter.
Since George was microchipped, Fiona was notified about where and how he'd been found. Naturally, she wanted him back - but didn't have the funds needed to ship him from from Australia to Ireland. With time running out before he'd be put up for adoption after being admitted to an animal hospital, Fiona's friends got involved.