A SCARBOROUGH woman is encouraging people not to give up hope if their beloved pets go missing.
Kate Avison, of Cambridge Street, was heartbroken when her cat, Roman, went missing three months ago.
The 33-year-old resource worker said: “I was thinking he had gone and that was it.
“I rang the council and told everyone I could think of. I was worried as there had been a spate of missing cats in the area.”
Mrs Avison looked everywhere for one-year-old Roman, but to no avail.
She said: “He’s microchipped, so I thought that if he’d been run over or hurt then somebody would have called me.
“But I just didn’t hear anything at all.”
Her other cat, Pippa, was missing Roman too - and Mrs Avison even bought a kitten, Crystal, as she thought Roman would not be coming back.
But then, to her surprise, there was a letter through her door from Alma Vets in Alma Square and missed calls on her mobile.
Mrs Avison said: “I was overjoyed and so shocked. I’d been really down about it - losing Roman was like losing a member of the family.
“I couldn’t believe it.”
Roman had been handed in to the vets and, because he was microchipped, staff were able to trace Mrs Avison quickly.
She said: “He was found in the Victoria Road area and is healthy and happy.
“Somebody must have been feeding him in the meantime as he looks well kept and not thin at all.
“He’s just wandering round now like he’s never been away!”
Mrs Avison added that her sons, James, 12, and Thomas, 10, and stepson, Connor, eight, are all really happy to see Roman again.
She said: “I just wanted to encourage people not to give up if this happens to them, and also to get their pets microchipped.”