A cat who went missing 10 years ago has finally been reunited with his owners after being discovered 60 miles from his original home.
Harry the white and ginger moggie vanished from Great Yarmouth, Suffolk, in 2008 when he was just a kitten.
His owner Mark Salisbury, 39, thought he’d never see Harry again but never gave up hope of finding him – and kept his details up to date on the cat’s microchip.
But to Mark’s surprise, he was stunned to be told the cat had been found after being taken to the Blue Cross animal charity 60 miles away in Ipswich, Suffolk.
Vets were told his elderly owner had died, but when they used a micro-chip scanner they were able to trace him back to Mark.
Susie Winship, from Blue Cross Suffolk, said: ‘Harry was brought to us by the neighbour of an elderly gentleman that had taken Harry in approximately 10 years ago.
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‘The gentleman had sadly passed away and the neighbour was keen to find someone to look after Harry.
‘We scanned Harry for a microchip following his admission and found that he was chipped to a Mark Salisbury.’
Mark bought Harry from a farm near Great Yarmouth along with his brother – another domestic short haired kitten – before he escaped from his garden.
Mark said he always felt that Harry was still roaming the streets and never wanted to give up on him.
He said: ‘He didn’t turn up one day when I was calling the pair of them in.
‘But after 10 years, you think that’s it and you make peace with that.
‘I could never quite bring myself to cancel the microchip though.’
Harry is now living with Mark’s mum Carolyn Clark in Gloucester because the family believed reintroducing the cat to his brother after ten years would be unfair.
Carolyn, 63, said: ‘He likes to sleep a lot and likes to have company.
‘It is very important that people get their kittens and pets micro chipped.
‘And when people see a lost cat they shouldn’t assume it is a stray because someone might have lost their cat.
‘They should always take it to the vets and see if they have been micro chipped.’