THE RETURN of a family cat who went missing 100 miles away in Devon, was a Christmas miracle for a Kenilworth couple.
Seven-year-old Desmond went missing in September while on holiday with owners Jim and Mary Hall.
The tabby was handed into a vets and transferred to Cats Protection in Barnstaple, which tracked down the relieved couple, thanks to Desmond’s microchip.
Jim Hall said: “We were absolutely delighted to hear that Desmond had been found alive and well although a little skinny.
“Our reunion was delayed by a few days because of the snow, but as soon as we could we made the return 195-mile journey to collect him and bring him home.
“It was a lovely and unexpected Christmas present for us, and our three-year-old grandson Toby who is overjoyed.”
Although the cat’s microchip details had not been updated, volunteer Kay Twine discovered it was last registered in Coventry.
Determined to get him home, she called all the vet practices in the area and eventually got hold of the couple’s son in law, Desmond’s original owner.
Jim added: “We are so grateful to Kay from Cats Protection. Her persistence in tracking us down meant we could be reunited with Desmond.
“The first thing we did was update his microchip contact information and we urge all cat owners to make sure their microchip details are up to date.”