Charity reunites cat with its owner - three years after going missing

Zephyr SUS-150922-144350001
Zephyr SUS-150922-144350001

A missing moggy has finally been reunited with his owner after being handed into Cats Protection’s National Cat Adoption Centre – three years after he went walkabout.

Eight-year-old Zephyr became lost after pushing open a window to explore outside just a week after moving into owner Gillian Peacock’s home in Newhaven in 2012.

Gillian Peacock and Zephyr SUS-150922-144406001

Gillian Peacock and Zephyr SUS-150922-144406001

Despite searching for the black-and-white cat, Zephyr couldn’t be found and Gillian eventually moved away from the area to embark on a university course in North Wales.

But, thanks to details on his microchip, Cats Protection staff were able to reunite the pair after he was handed in as a stray living in Newhaven.

Gillian said: “I had been given Zephyr from a friend of a friend who could no longer keep him. He was such a lovely cat and I’d been doing everything possible to help settle him in. He was very inquisitive and understandably nervous of his new surroundings.

“Despite my best efforts to keep him house-bound and entertained for the prescribed 28 days, Zephyr managed to push a window open to explore his new surroundings.

“Unfortunately it was unfamiliar territory and he couldn’t find his way back to his new home.

“I’d contacted Cats Protection and local veterinary practices to report the loss and to say that my cat had up-to-date microchipping. Also, I’d put up ‘cat missing’ signs and went door-to-door to ask neighbours to keep their eyes peeled. I’d searched all over for him but he was nowhere to be found. Time passed and Zephyr still hadn’t reappeared so I assumed with a cat’s resourcefulness, he’d found a home and was being well looked after.

“Out of the blue, I received a call from Cats Protection to say Zephyr had been found. I was delighted to be reunited with him and slightly amazed he had been returned after such a time gap. Microchipping was a good investment.

“Zephyr looks just the same but fatter. He’s a great cat with a lovely purr. I’m looking forward to getting to know him all over again. Thanks very much to those who looked out for Zephyr while he strayed and especially to Cats Protection and to microchipping, which helped to bring a healthy and happy Zephyr back home.”

Deputy manager of Cats Protection’s National Cat Adoption Centre Tania Marsh said: “Zephyr came into our care as a stray living in Newhaven. Whenever we take in a stray, we always scan them for a microchip and we’re always so pleased if we find one.

“It’s so wonderful to be able to reunite missing cats with their owners and this case is no exception. Zephyr’s story just goes to show why microchipping is so important – without it, there is no way we would have been able to trace Gillian.

“Microchipping is a cheap, safe and effective way of identifying your cat and greatly increases the chance of a reunion should they go missing.”

Microchips contain a unique identification number and are inserted under the cat’s skin between the shoulder blades. The number is linked to a database containing details of the pet, as well as the owner’s contact details. When a scanner detects the microchip, a simple phone call can ascertain the owner’s details and the pet can then be quickly returned home.

To find out more about microchipping, call Cats Protection’s Helpline on 03000 12 12 12.

Cats Protection is the UK’s largest cat charity, helping over 205,000 cats every year through a network of 250 volunteer-run branches and 32 centres.

To find out more about any of the cats currently at the National Cat Adoption Centre, please email

Alternatively, the centre is open to visitors seven days a week from 10am until 4pm. It is situated in Chelwood Gate, on the A275 between Wych Cross and Danehill. Please note the Visitor Centre cafe is currently closed for refurbishment following recent flooding but the cattery was unaffected and remains open.

To find using a SatNav, please use the postcode RH17 7DE, or for a map and directions please visit

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