A CITY Tomcat, who had been missing for two-and-a-half years, has finally returned home.
Charlie went missing from home in June 2014, leaving his devastated family presuming him dead.
But when his owners, the Moazzenkevi family, received a surprise phone call from the RSPCA saying the injured 12-year-old tabby had been found and could return home, they could not contain their excitement.
Mum Susan told the Observer: “I had just got in from church and my husband was standing in the living room trying to shove the phone in my face.
“I thought it was a cold caller who he wanted me to get rid of, but he said I would want to take this call.
“When I answered someone from the RSPCA told me Charlie had been found 10 minutes from home and asked if we wanted him back.”
Charlie was found with a serious leg injury by a member of the public, who called the RSPCA.
Upon being taken to the vets, where he was examined, he was scanned for a microchip which revealed the details of his family.
Now back at home after having to have his leg amputated, the 11-year-old feline has been placed under strict house arrest.
“He has been grounded for the rest of his days,” Susan joked.
“When he went missing my three-year-old son, Jake, was just a baby so for him it is like having a brand new pet.
“My nine-year-old daughter, Maisie, remembers Charlie from before he went missing, so she is so excited to have him home.
“We’re just so glad he is back with us where he belongs.
“It just proves you should never give up hope in finding lost pets and that you should definitely get them microchipped.”
The animal welfare charity was contacted on 29 January after a member of the public spotted what they believed to be a stray cat with an injured leg in Common Way, Coventry.
RSPCA animal collection officer Adam McConkey collected the cat and took him to a nearby vet who scanned him for a microchip and immediately pulled up his owner’s details.