An astonished cat owner has been reunited with her beloved missing moggy – ten years after he first disappeared.
Ginger tom, Nuts, walked out of his home in Froggatt in 2001.
His owner Bunny McCullough tried to find her missing pet but after putting up posters and months of searching she believed she would never see him again.
But remarkably ten years later Bunny received a call from Chesterfield’s Cat Protection to say Nuts had been found thanks his microchip.
Bunny said: “I think I was a bit bemused. I couldn’t quite take it in.”
Nuts had been living with an elderly woman in Eyam for the past seven years. After her death he was handed over to the charity for rehoming.
Bunny said: “The worst thing was not knowing what happened to him. It was a dreadful time. It’s a relief to know at last that he had a home, someone loved him and he didn’t suffer.”
Sue Mosley, homing officer at the Cats Protection, said: “It’s a happy ending and such a good job he was chipped.”