A Warrington garden centre has helped re-unite a cat with its owners almost 12 months after it went missing from home.
Colleagues at Bents Garden & Home are celebrating the safe return of Billy the cat, who has been reunited with his owners after he went missing from home in June last year.
Billy had become a regular visitor to Bents’ warehouse, where colleagues presumed he was just doing his daily rounds. But Billy started to make himself at home, even going so far as to open and help himself to pet food supplies being stored for the Centre’s Pet Place.
As his visits became longer and Billy seemed to be settling into life in the warehouse, colleagues began to worry and asked the veterinary team from Bents’ Pet Place to scan him. Results surprised everyone, as Billy the cat had been missing from home since June 2018!
A call was made to his owner, Joyce Daniels who came to collect Billy, and reunite him with his brother Bobby.
Said Joyce, who lives in a nearby road with son Al said: “Billy had always been a wanderer so at first we weren’t worried when he went missing, but as so much time passed we came to terms with the fact that we might not see him again. We were over the moon when Bents called to let us know where he was. We only live around the corner and can’t believe he’s been so close all this time!”
Bethan Wylie, Supervisor at Bents’ Pet Place added: “We were so shocked when we found out where Billy actually lived. It would’ve been great to reunite him with his family sooner, but we’re delighted that he is back at home and with his brother. It sounds like he’s a cat who likes to have adventures and will always be welcome back at Bents, but now we know where he lives we can make sure he always gets home.”
Billy has not only been reunited with his brother and owners, but two new members of the family who Joyce and her son Al recently got from the St Helen’s branch of the Cat Protection League, 10 week old sisters, Tilly and Tabatha.