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Missing cat found five months later and nine miles away

08:16 12 February 2014

Sue Carder with Bella, returned safely thanks to her micro chip after misisng for five months.

Sue Carder with Bella, returned safely thanks to her micro chip after misisng for five months.

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Wandering Bella reunited with her owners thanks to her micro-chip.

A cat missing for five months and feared dead has been found safe and well nine miles away thanks to her micro-chip.

Four-year-old Bella is the much-loved pet of Sue and Dave Carder of East Down, but with no sign of her since last August, they had sadly given up hope of finding her alive.

Then Market Vets called last week to say she had been collected by North Devon Animal Ambulance in Barnstaple and was traced back to the couple thanks to the information on her chip.

“When we moved from Arlington to Bugford at East Down in August last year, we kept Bella shut in for two weeks but when she was at last allowed to go out she disappeared,” said Sue.

“We did everything possible to try and find her but had given up hope of finding her alive and feared she had got shut in a garage or shed. Only last week I cancelled her pet insurance.

“When I got a phone call from Market Vets to say they had her safe and well I couldn’t believe it, we are so pleased to have her back home.

“We would like to say a big thank you to the person who handed her in, and to both Market Vets and NDAA.”

Sue, a volunteer with Barnstaple and District Cats Protection, said they could only assume Bella had walked to Barnstaple, trying to get back to her old home at Arlington.

She was collected in the Raleigh Meadow area, but had only been there a few days, although she was healthy and in good condition.

“It is Cats Protection policy to micro-chip every cat we rehome and we are constantly telling owners how important it is to get your pet micro-chipped,” added Sue.

“Without her chip Bella would have been rehomed and we would never have found out what had happened to her. All for the sake of £10, which isn’t a lot of money, but people think it is an unnecessary expense.

“It’s such a shame when a cat is rehomed when obviously they are someone’s pet and in lovely condition.”

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