Bunny McCullough searched for months for her cat Nuts, who went missing in 2001, before giving him up for lost. Last month Bunny and Nuts were reunited after a microchip scan showed him to be her long lost pet when he turned up at a shelter.
Bunny originally adopted Nuts after the young neighborhood stray with a wild streak was hit by a car and she took him to the vet for care. Nuts lived with Bunny for about a year before going missing in 2001, and the Froggatt, Derbyshire, UK woman had long ago given up hope of ever seeing him again when she was contacted a months ago by staff at the Chesterfield branch of Cats Protection, where he had been turned in after the woman who’d been caring for him for the past 7 years died. His whereabout for the previous 3 years are unknown.
Bunny had gotten Nuts microchipped when he was in her care, so Cats Protection was easily able to make the match between him and Bunny when he ended up at the Cats Protection rehoming centre. Bunny said the worst part of the ordeal for her was not knowing what happened to Nuts. She was relieved to learn that Nuts is healthy, and had been cared for. She has welcomed her prodigal boy back home and says that Nuts’ story stands as a reminder of the importance and value of microchipping our pets.