Joy after missing pet cat is found ten years later – living just down the road

A fifteen year old cat which has been missing for a DECADE has finally been reunited with his owner- after it was found living just 15 miles down the road.

Pet lover David Allinson from Henlow, Bedfordshire was left distraught after his five year old cat Percy disappeared in 2003.
But little did he know, Percy had been living just 15 miles down the road with a work colleague of David’s and the pair have now been reunited after 11 years apart.

Five-year-old cat Percy  had been missing for a decade

Five-year-old cat Percy
had been missing for a decade

David said: “I was devastated when Percy went missing and did all I could to try and find him, but as the years went by I truly believed I would never see him again. I wondered when the weather was particularly bad if he was safe and warm and often feared the worst.”

David spent months putting up posters in a 20 mile radius of his home and putting adverts in his local paper in an attempt to find short-haired domestic cat.

But despite Percy being micro chipped he was never found- as it turns out he was living with an elderly lady in a neighbouring village called Cockayne Hatley.

Pet lover David Allinson was totally unaware that Percy had been living just 15 miles down the road

Pet lover David Allinson was totally unaware that
Percy had been living just 15 miles down the road

When the elderly woman passed away this year, neighbour Ruth Hart started looking after Percy and feeding the little cat, without realising Percy belonged to her work colleague David.

Ruth mentioned the cat to David, and after checking microchip database Petlog, the pair realised the cat was missing Percy- now aged 15.

David said: “I couldn’t believe it when Ruth told me she had Percy. We arranged a meeting so I could reunite with Percy. He was afraid and was hiding behind the sofa and when I called his name he came running into my arms. I burst into tears – I couldn’t believe it, it was my Percy.

“I am eternally grateful that I had Percy micro chipped and that I kept my contact details up to date with Petlog. It just goes to show that micro chipping works and I don’t like to think what would have happened if I never had found him.”

David said: "To know he is safe and happy is enough for me after all the years of worry."

David said: “To know he is safe and happy is enough for me after all the years of worry.”

David said: “He is very settled with Ruth and had been living in the area with the old woman for ten years so I decided it would be selfish of me to take him to a home he no longer remembered. I see him at least once a month and Ruth shows me pictures of Percy. To know he is safe and happy is enough for me after all the years of worry.”

Ruth said: “It is lovely having kept Percy in the village and we always look forward to David visiting. He recently came to see Percy for his fifteenth birthday and brought around gifts for Percy. It’s such a perfect end to his story that he was found by David after all those years.”

Celia Walsom, from Petlog said: “We couldn’t be more delighted that Petlog was able to help, so that David could be reunited with his beloved pet after over a decade. This is just one of the many stories we hear daily about pets being reunited with the owners thanks to their microchip.”