A CAT which went missing for more than 10 years has been reunited with his owner thanks to his microchip.
Twelve-year-old ginger tom Nuts went missing from his home in Froggatt, Derbyshire, in 2001 and after desperate searches proved fruitless, owner, Bunny McCullough gave up hope of finding him.
But Nuts had been living with an elderly woman and was brought to Cats Protection’s Chesterfield and District branch after she died a few weeks ago.
And a routine scan for a microchip revealed his identity and he was reunited with Bunny.
Bunny 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, but he’s quickly recovered his old character and he runs around the house like he’s never been away.”
Cats Protection’s advocacy manager Jacqui Cuff said: “Nuts was one of the lucky ones because 90 per cent of stray and unwanted cats brought to Cats Protection who are not microchipped, making it very difficult to reunite them with their owners.”