Aintree animal lover reunited with cat after seven-year disappearance


Aintree animal lover reunited with cat after seven-year disappearance

by Henry James (October 2021)

A CAT owner who never gave up hope of finding her missing moggy had her faith rewarded when he turned up seven years after he vanished without a trace.

Kelly Pomfret, who now lives in Aintree, received kittens Simba and Buttons as a birthday present in 2013, and they soon became much-loved members of the family.

But in 2015 they both went missing, causing heartbreak for Kelly, who spent her days putting up posters and advertising on social media in the hope that someone would spot them.

Both cats were microchipped and it was because of the chip that she learned poor Buttons had been found dead, having apparently ingested a poison.

Kelly said: “I found out because someone had scanned him and I got a telephone call to inform me.

“Although a heart-breaking occurrence, it was better that I knew rather than not know what happened to Buttons. I still, however, did not stop looking for Simba.”

Kelly eventually got another cat, Miles, and added a further four cats to her brood over the years, all of them rescue animals.

Then in September this year, she got the unexpected news that Simba was alive and well.

It transpired that Simba had been living with a lady in Liverpool City Centre and had come in to the care of Cats Protection’s Warrington Adoption Centre through its Cat Guardians service.

Cat owners who sign up to the scheme are given peace of mind that their pet will be cared for after their death at one of the charity’s branches or centres. As a matter of protocol, when Simba arrived at the centre he was scanned for a microchip and Kelly’s details popped up.

Kelly said: “I opened up my email to find that he had been handed in and seven years later I was reunited with Simba. I was so very happy and over the moon. My prayers had been answered; the hope and faith I had held on to for so long had paid off. I now have my baby home!

“Simba has settled in really well, he never forgot me. He has been very affectionate and even gets on with my dog, Prince. He loves his Dreamies, strokes and cuddles.

“I would never have got him back if he had not been microchipped and I would encourage all pet owners to get them chipped, and keep your details up to date.

“If your pet does go missing, however hard or painful it may be, never give up hope or faith. Never stop looking and never stop praying because every so often miracles do happen.

“I would also like to acknowledge the lady who looked after him for all these years, rest in peace.”

Warrington Centre manager Lindsay Kerr said: “Kelly and Simba’s story really does highlight the importance of getting cats microchipped. If there had been no chip, or the details were out of date, we would never have been able to reunite them.

“And as Kelly says, even though it wasn’t such a happy ending for her other cat Buttons, she found it better to know what had happened to him, rather than the anguish of never knowing.

“We are delighted that Simba has settled back home so well and we wish them all the best for the future.”

For more information about the work of the Cats Protection’s Warrington Adoption Centre visit www.cats.org.uk/warrington



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