Freddie reunited with his owner after more than a year of straying around Yelland

A wandering white cat has been reunited with his owners after going missing for 14 months.

Thanks to Barnstaple and District Cats Protection, Freddie, aged four, is now back at home in Bishops Tawton with electrician Rob Weatherley, his wife Lisa and their four children.

He was found at Yelland and it appears he had become adept at hanging around the area and taking charity from kindly residents.

Cats Protection co-ordinator Lydia Shelton heard about him from a couple who said a large white cat had been regularly climbing through an open window and sleeping the day away comfortably on their bed.

Volunteer fosterer Chris Mason took him in until a new home could be found, as he didn't have a microchip.

Fellow volunteer Kay Twine recalled twin brother pure white cats had been rehomed some years ago at Bishops Tawton - and the family were delighted to learn he had been found.

Rob said Freddie and his twin brother Charlie had been adopted as a Valentine's gift for his Lisa.

"After a year the kids were over the moon to have him back," he said.

"Every now and then we would put posts out on Facebook - we had a few leads during the year but it never came to anything. I guess we had given up hope of ever seeing him again."

If you would like to find out more about being a Cats Protection volunteer or to report lost or found cats, call 01271 860787.

If you think you would be able to give a cat or kitten a home 0345 3714 203.

Visit http://barnstaple.cats.org.uk to find out more and meet the cats looking for new homes.

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