Missing Weston-super-Mare cat Alan returns home after five-year adventure
PUBLISHED: 13:30 13 June 2017
A child’s beloved pet cat who went missing for five years has finally been reunited with his surprised family.
Eight-year-old cat Alan disappeared from his home in Langford Road, Weston-super-Mare, in 2012 and had not been seen by his owners Rachel and son Cameron Inglis since.
Cameron, now aged nine, had not given up hope on seeing his pet again, even though the family had moved house twice since Alan went missing.
Although no-one knows what Alan got up to in the past five years, he was spotted near waste transfer station Towens in the past couple of months.
Its environmental manager Rebecca Bomers decided to take him to the vets to be scanned for a microchip, which revealed how long he had been missing for and what his name was.
She said: “I left the vets as the vet nurse was on the phone to the owners, or so I thought.
“I looked on Facebook, searching for ‘missing cat Alan’ and found a post from 2012.
“I messaged the owner to say ‘I hope Alan is settling in back at home and that we at Towens were really pleased to find out he had a home to go home to’.
“It turned out that she hadn’t heard from the vets as she had changed her phone number since Alan went missing.”
Rachel said Cameron has spent the past five years asking when he was finally going to get his cat back.
She said: “We were absolutely over the moon when we found out. My son was saying ‘I’ve got my cat back’.
“Alan has a star patch on his back, so Cameron went to the vets to make sure it was him.”
Rachel believes someone must have been feeding him, as he is in good health and does not mind human attention.
It is possible Alan was looking for his owners, as he was found near Langford Road where Rachel and Cameron used to live.
She said: “We think he was trying to find his way back to where he remembered. He seems happy to be home now.”
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