Colin the black cat has been reunited with his relieved owners, four years after disappearing from their English home. Colin ran away shortly after Peter and Maria O’Neill relocated from Middlesbrough to Lancashire in the summer of 2006. After frantically trying to locate him, the O’Neill’s feared the worst and eventually moved back to Middlesbrough.
Then earlier this month, Colin was found in a Lancashire garden and taken to the Cats Protection animal charity who scanned his microchip and discovered his identity. Luckily, the O’Neill’s had updated their address in the charity’s database so he could be returned home.
“I couldn’t believe it when I got the call to say Colin had been found,” said Mrs. O’Neill. “It really was the best present I could have hoped for.”
“Everyone at the branch is so thrilled that we were able to reunite Colin with his owners after all this time,” said Jeanette Greaves of the Cats Protection. “It has really made our Christmas.”
“When I went to pick Colin up, he was quite nervous and cowering in the corner of a pen,” continued Mrs. O’Neill. “I simply said his name and he instantly recognized me. He bounded up to me and stuck his head under my arm. It was just a magical moment and left me close to tears.”
“This case certainly highlights the importance of micro chipping and keeping details up to date,” said Ms. Greaves. “As it greatly increases the chances if a happy reunion should a cat ever go missing from his home.”
Source: BBC News