15 Years Later, A Missing Cat Returns To His Beloved Home

Thanks to a microchip, the black cat was reunited with his family

By Catalina Barrios

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What would you do if your cat went missing? I don’t have a cat but I can’t imagine my dog being lost. As a dog or cat owner, your pet becomes a very important part of your life. Losing a pet is an owner’s worst nightmare, and as time passes by with no sign of your baby, after days, months, and even years, anyone would be devastated. What if 15 years after your pet’s disappearance, you finally receive the call that you’ve been waiting for?

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This is what happened to 56 year old, Jan Barnes from England. Her cat Winston is incredibly back home after over a decade! In 2002, the black cat disappeared when being relocated to a new home when Barnes moved with her husband Peter.

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Winston used to go off on his own for a few days and would come back with a few more extra pounds, but this time he left and did not return. Jan and Peter believe the move is what caused Winston to disappear.


After so many years, the couple lost hope of seeing their feline friend again. But this year, they received the best Christmas present. Just before Christmas, a vet called to say Winston had been found. What a surprise!

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The black cat was found 35 miles away from his home. He was extremely frail. I can hardly imagine how many days passed for Winston without having a good meal or a comfy bed. A good samaritan brought Winston to Castle Veterinary Group where the cat was scanned for a microchip. Thanks to the microchip Winston was reunited with his family.


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He was in a real state when he got to the vets, they said his fur was all matted,” said Peter Barnes.

Jan said she got Winston when he was just one year old. She adds if it wasn’t for the microchip, Winston would have been euthanized because of how bad he looked when he arrived to the animal hospital.

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Between them, Peter and Jan have six children and three grandchildren. Jan adds Winston has settled well with the family including their rescue dogs. Winston has been eating more and recuperating little by little.

We get dogs and cats that have been separated from their owners on a regular basis, but none that have been gone for as long as Winston,” says Steve Cox, practice manager at the Castle Veterinary Group. Cox was the one who told the Barnes, Winston has returned. He adds it is very important owners get their animals microchipped. It is inexpensive and painless and it can help you reunite with your pet in situations like this one.

Winston and his family are a clear example that the last thing you lose in life is hope. Welcome home, Winston!