Microchip helps reunite puss Tosha with his owners - TEN YEARS after going missing

25 January 2018
Microchip helps reunite puss Tosha with his owners - TEN YEARS after going missing
Missing puss Tosha is finally back at home – an amazing ten years after he went missing without a trace.
The ginger moggy went walkabout from Maidenbower, Crawley, in 2007 after being left in the care of a family friend while owners Natasha and David Lewington were working overseas.
He was later taken in by an elderly lady in nearby Tilgate who cared for him until she sadly passed away earlier this month.
Having been named Ginger, he was then brought into Cats Protection’s National Cat Adoption Centre, in Lewes Road, Chelwood Gate, for rehoming. A routine microchip scan revealed the details of his original name and owners, who were overjoyed to discover he was alive and well.
Deputy Manager of Cats Protection’s National Cat Adoption Centre Karen Thompson said: “All cats that come into the centre are routinely scanned for a microchip, and it’s not unusual to be able to trace owners for cats which have been missing a few months.
“However, it’s rare we find a cat that has been missing for such a long period of time. It seems that Tosha had become lost and started straying but was fortunate to have been taken in to a loving home. He has clearly spent the past decade being a much-loved pet, and while the circumstances of him coming into the centre are very sad, it’s comforting to know he can now be returned to his original owners.
“Tosha’s story goes to show why microchipping is so important. Had he never been microchipped we would have had no way of returning him to his home.”
Relieved owner David Lewington, who now lives in Tollgate Hill, said he was thrilled to have Tosha home.
He said: “When he went missing, there was never any sightings of him, so we assumed that he must have sadly been involved in a car accident. It was very sad, and we were all very upset for quite some time.
“We were really stunned to get the phone call from Cats Protection to say he was alive and well and being cared for at the centre. After ten years, it really was a bolt from the blue.
“It was great to see him again – of course he is a lot older, a bit slower and is still getting to know us again. But we can see he’s the same old Tosha and it’s really wonderful to have him home again. We're just so pleased we had him microchipped, otherwise we'd never have had this happy ending."
To find out more about adopting any of the other cats currently being cared for at Cats Protection’s National Cat Adoption Centre, please contact the centre by emailing cattery.reception@cats.org.uk
The National Cat Adoption Centre is situated in Chelwood Gate, on the A275 between Wych Cross and Danehill. For a map and directions to the National Cat Adoption Centre, please visit www.cats.org.uk/find-us/find-the-ncc/
Normal opening hours are 10am until 4pm, seven days a week.
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Notes to Editors:
  1. Cats Protection is the UK’s leading feline welfare charity and helps around 190,000 cats and kittens each year through a national network of over 250 volunteer-run branches and 34 centres.
  2. Cats Protection’s vision is a world where every cat is treated with kindness and an understanding of its needs.
  3. Please note that Cats Protection's National Cat Centre is based in Chelwood Gate, West Sussex, and is separate to the charity's volunteer-run branch which is situated in nearby Haywards Heath.
  4. Cats Protection’s registered charity number is 203644 (England and Wales) and SC037711 (Scotland). Founded as the Cats Protection League in 1927, the charity adopted the name Cats Protection in 1998. We ask that you use the name Cats Protection when referring to the charity in all published material.
  5. More information about the work of Cats Protection can be found at www.cats.org.uk