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Tom cat comes home after 11 years missing

Wednesday, 30th May 2012

A cat that went missing 11 years ago from his home in Derbyshire has been reunited with his owner thanks to his microchip.

The 12-year-old ginger tom cat, who had been named Nuts, was brought to Cats Protection's Chesterfield and District branch after an elderly woman who had been caring for him passed away.

After scanning Nuts for a microchip, staff discovered who his original owner was – Bunny McCullough.

She said: "I was amazed and delighted to get the call to tell me Nuts had been found.

"I had long given up hope of seeing him again ... Nuts was very subdued for the first two days back home but he’s quickly recovered his old character and he runs around the house like he’s never been away."

She added that had Nuts not been microchipped, she never would have found him or known what had happened to him during those years.

The reunion comes at a particularly apt time, as June is Microchipping Month, which is being held to raise awareness of microchipping and keeping owner contact details up to date.