Billy's three-year holiday!

A black cat found luck was on his side when he was reunited with his owners after being missing for nearly three years.

By The Newsroom
Tuesday, 22nd November 2016, 9:30 am
Updated Tuesday, 22nd November 2016, 12:17 pm
Billy the cat who was reunited with his owners after being found in Blackpool two-and-a-half years after going missing in London
Billy the cat who was reunited with his owners after being found in Blackpool two-and-a-half years after going missing in London

Billy the cat disappeared from near his home in London in February 2014, and despite efforts to find him cousins Debbie Dowling and Andrea Turner thought they would never see their pet again.

But this month he turned up in Blackpool, and thanks to detective work by rescuers has been returned to the pair.

Blackpool Nine Lives Cat Rescue was alerted by staff from Money Traders on Lytham Road, South Shore, after he wandered into the shop to keep warm.

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The cat charity found he had a microchip which was registered to his owner in London.

Christine Meryem, of Nine Lives Cat Rescue, said; “We were able to contact the owners and they were so delighted, they travelled overnight from London to come and collect Billy.

“He had been missing for nearly three years and no-one knows how he got to Blackpool.

“But it is a happy ending and shows how important it is to have your pets microchipped.”

Andrea said Billy had been living at a house she shared with her cousin Debbie in Surbiton in London when he went missing in February 2014.

She said: “Billy used to spend a lot of time in and out of the shops and then come home at the end of the day.

“Everyone in the parade knew him and were asking where he was when he went missing.

“We put signs up but no-one had seen him.

“We couldn’t believe it when we got the call to say he had been found. As soon as we finished work we drove straight up to Blackpool to collect him.

“He recognised us straight away.

“He’s a bit of a street cat anyway, and before Debbie rescued him he had been put in a bin, so he’s already used up some of his nine lives.

“Billy is 13 now and I’m not sure he could have survived another winter as a stray.

“We’re so happy to have him back, and have no idea how he got to Blackpool.”

Following a check up at the vets, Billy is now settling back in at home.

Nine Lives Cat Rescue is a Blackpool-based animal charity based on Central Drive and Lytham Road, and can be contacted on www.blackpoolninelives.co.uk