Natasha and David Lewington had left their beloved moggy in the care of a family friend in Maidenbower while they were working overseas, but when they returned home he was nowhere to be seen.
David said: “When he went missing, there was never any sightings of him, so we assumed that he must have sadly been involved in a car accident. It was very sad, and we were all very upset for quite some time.”
However, 10 years later, the couple were shocked to receive a phone call from Cats Protection’s National Cat Adoption Centre in Sussex, saying that Tosha had been found.
|Relieved owners Natasha and David Lewington reunited with Tosha|
The relieved owners soon discovered that the cat had been taken in by an elderly lady living in nearby Tilgate shortly after he went walkabout. She had given him the name Ginger and cared for him until she sadly passed away in January 2018, at which point he was brought into the adoption centre to be rehomed.
When Cats Protection staff routinely scanned him for a microchip, they discovered the details of his original name and owners and made the call to let them know he has been found.
David added: “It was great to see him again – of course he is a lot older, a bit slower and is still getting to know us again. But we can see he’s the same old Tosha and it’s really wonderful to have him home again. We're just so pleased we had him microchipped, otherwise we'd never have had this happy ending."
|Tosha came into Cats Protection's National Cat Adoption Centre in January 2018|
“However, it’s rare we find a cat that has been missing for such a long period of time. It seems that Tosha had become lost and started straying but was fortunate to have been taken in to a loving home. He has clearly spent the past decade being a much-loved pet, and while the circumstances of him coming into the centre are very sad, it’s comforting to know he can now be returned to his original owners.
“Tosha’s story goes to show why microchipping is so important. Had he never been microchipped we would have had no way of returning him to his home.”
For information and advice on how and why you should get your cat microchipped, visit the Cats Protection website.