One woman says she is “overjoyed” after being reunited with her beloved cat nearly seven years after she disappeared.
Kelly Pomfret of Aintree, Merseyside was heartbroken when her two kittens Simba and Buttons disappeared from home in early 2015.
Buttons was found dead shortly thereafter, but 33-year-old Ms. Pomfret continued to post posters around her town and appeal on social media to help locate Simba.
And after all this time, she says that her “prayers were answered” when he finally got home.
Microchip technology located Simba, revealing that he had lived with a woman in Liverpool city center.
Simba was admitted to Cats Protection earlier this year after the woman died, and a scan of his microchip revealed his identity and linked him to Ms. Pomfret.
“I was so happy and overjoyed … my prayers were answered; the hope and faith I had held onto for so long had paid off,” she said.
She added, “I now have my baby at home. Never stop looking and never stop praying because miracles happen every now and then.
“I would also like to thank the lady who has looked after him over the years. Rest in peace.”
During the time he was missing, Ms. Pomfret adopted five more rescue cats but said Simba still recognized them.
“Simba has settled in very well, he never forgot me,” she said.
“He was very affectionate and even gets along with my dog Prince.”
Cat Protection Center Manager in Warrington, Lindsay Kerr, said, “The story of Kelly and Simba really highlights the importance of microchipping cats.
“If there hadn’t been a chip or the details were out of date, we could never have merged them again.”