I've always wondered - why don't you just keep Mickey IN the house so he can't run away back to the old house?
Which is actually a very good question and has a very simple answer - we've tried it. Oh it works for a while but then it just becomes work. Oh we've done the shut him in a room, someone hold him while the other goes out...but at some point we're frustrated, he's frustrated and we're all miserable. Mickey has always been an outside cat - we always let him in when he wants in, but his "ins" were always pit stops. He normally spent more time indoors during the winter but even now, the owners of the old house say he doesn't bang on the doors anymore to get in. It could be quite possible that someone else is letting him in their house but we don't know. He is due for the 4-in-1 shot so we want to get him to a clinic if possible. We're going to take our crate there and hopefully they can catch him again (as before).
On the subject of animals, hubby and I did have our lunch with the bigwigs from the Washington County, MD Humane Society (I mentioned this at FaceBook, but not here). It actually went very well and I learned alot of how they work and got very educated on "no-kill". Any shelter can advertise as "no-kill" as there are no guidelines for it. It basically means they don't kill "adoptable" pets, and again there is no guidelines set to decide what is "adoptable". So though a shelter may claim "no-kill" in truth they probably do put down agressive and sick animals. There are, however, a few in the U.S. that are totally "no-kill" but they normally aren't nice places - they are dirty, the animals never get out of their cages and basically it's a place to keep animals but not provide them proper care and attention. Oh, I know...some do gooder will claim this is wrong but my stating this is not meant as a bad reflection on these shelters, I'm sure good intentions are there.
I did address some of the issues at their particular shelter. They agreed that their adoption process was out of control at one point, but they make it much easier now; and of course they did mention if an adoption is taking too long...it's because they've come across something they have to question. So that makes sense. I also asked how long they keep animals and was informed there are no set limits unless of course they are desperate for room; which fortunately doesn't happen to often.
Our next stop is to go take a tour of the facility and see what we can do for them.