Footloose feline Roxy has finally been reunited with her Sheffield owner – after two years on the prowl.
Devastated Tracey Hartley desperately checked cat shelters and searched for the seven-year-old cat when she failed to return home to her house in Manor Park in 2013 – but to no avail.
But this week the 36-year-old had the surprise of her life, when South Yorkshire animal charity Rain Rescue called to say they Roxy had been found in Attercliffe.
She was discovered just a couple of miles – although the other side of the busy Sheffield Parkway – from her home on Beaumont Crescent.
Tracey, who now has five cats, said: “I had to ask twice if the charity had got it correct because I was that shocked, I couldn’t believe it.
“The same day we made arrangements to go and pick her back up.
“At first when she got back home Roxy started spitting at me, and the other cats she wasn’t too keen on, but she has settled down now.
“I don’t know how she has survived really – she is a lot thinner than how she used to be in the past.
“I was gutted when she had gone. I rang everybody I could think of to try to find her, but eventually I had to give up hope.”
Rain Rescue runs a project to temporarily and humanely trap, neuter and then release stray cats, in a bid to stop colonies of feral cats from breeding.
Roxy was one of those trapped and when checked for a microchip – as all captured cats are – her owner and amazing adventure were discovered.
Sue Uttley, cat co-ordinator for Rain Rescue, said: “We were able to see she had been missing since 2013 from Sheffield S2 – two years later and we found her in S9.
“It is absolutely amazing. If only animals could talk, then we’d know what she had been through.
“What we are trying to get across to people is that microchipping does work, if the details are kept up to date.
“If we hadn’t been doing this trap, neuter and release scheme then she might never have been found.”
To support Rain Rescue visit www.rainrescue.co.uk.