The Darkness singer reunited with missing cat thanks to microchip
13 June 2016
Cats Protection has reunited The Darkness frontman Justin Hawkins with his pet cat – three years after she went missing.
Justin’s ten-year-old cat Cully was handed into Cats Protection’s Anglia Coastal Branch after being found living as a stray in Lowestoft, Suffolk. After a routine scan for a microchip, it was revealed that the Bengal cat did have an owner – singer and lead guitarist Justin, one of Lowestoft’s most famous former residents.
Branch Coordinator Delphine Wood was quickly able to make contact with Justin, who took a break from a hectic tour schedule to travel to the UK and collect Cully.
Delphine said: “We get lots of strays and sadly many are not microchipped, so we’re always pleased if we find one.”
She added: “This story goes to show why microchipping is so important – had Cully not been microchipped we would never have been able to reunite her, and Justin would never have known what had happened to his much-loved pet.”
After contacting Justin, Cats Protection volunteers arranged for her to have the necessary vaccinations to be able to travel to Switzerland, where Justin now lives.
Justin said: “Losing Cully was heart-breaking for me and my family but I always knew in my heart that she was still alive; I could just feel it. She always loved the great outdoors.”
“I periodically checked in with the relevant databases and kept my details up-to-date because I knew this day would come. Thanks to Delphine’s terrific work, Cully can home at last.”
While this story has a happy ending, many cats are never reunited with their owners. Cats Protection microchips an estimated 31,000 cats a year. To find out more about the benefits of microchipping, visit the website.