Picture of the Week: Missing Cat

This is a missing cat story with a very happy ending…

This is the heart-melting moment a five-year-old boy bursts into tears of joy when he spots his long-lost missing cat in a rescue centre – 18 months after it went missing.

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Michelle Humber and her son Ronnie had gone to pick out a replacement pet when they stumbled across their old cat Phoenix who vanished from their home in May last year.

In an incredible coincidence, ten-year-old Phoenix was in an enclosure next to a cat called Orlando who they had arranged to collect from their local Cats Protection charity.  The family now plan to give both cats a home when they pick them up this weekend.

Cat re-united 02112015 SWNS were lucky enough to go and meet adorable Ronnie Hunter and his mum Michelle and capture these snaps of Ronnie with pictures of his  beloved cat Phoenix.

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We sent Ronnie’s story out on our newswire and his heartwarming story made multiple publications.  Here’s a small selection of the press articles:

http://www.express.co.uk/news/nature/616761/Ronnie-Humber-child-finds-long-lost-cat-Phoenix-by-chance-Derby

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3302121/Heartwarming-moment-five-year-old-boy-burst-tears-getting-beloved-cat-Phoenix-18-months-went-missing.html

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/heartwarming-moment-boy-5-spots-6756896

http://www.itv.com/news/2015-11-04/boy-5-bursts-into-tears-after-spotting-his-beloved-missing-cat-in-rescue-centre-after-going-to-find-new-pet/

http://metro.co.uk/2015/11/03/the-emotional-moment-a-little-boy-finds-his-cat-18-months-after-it-went-missing-5478256/

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Here’s Ronnie’s full story…

This is the heartwarming moment a boy burst into tears of joy after getting his beloved cat Phoenix back 18 months after he went missing.

Michelle Humber and her son Ronnie, five, had gone to pick out a replacement pet when they stumbled across their old cat who had vanished from their home in Littleover, Derbyshire.

In an astonishing coincidence, ten-year-old Phoenix was in an enclosure next to another cat called Orlando who they had arranged to collect from a local Cats Protection charity.

The family now plan to give both cats a home when they pick them up this weekend.

Mother-of-two Miss Humber, 33, said: ‘The boys were devastated when Phoenix went missing because he played such a big part of their lives. He was always bouncing and playing around.

‘A few weeks ago we were talking about getting a kitten. The lads were really keen on the idea because they missed Phoenix so much.

‘We went to the Cats Protection and saw Orlando and went back a week later to pick him up and that is when we spotted Phoenix in the next door enclosure. It was amazing and the children were so pleased.

‘Ronnie saw him straight away and was screaming and cheering with excitement. He was purring as soon as we went over to him and it was amazing to be able to hold him.’

Miss Humber added that he was still registered with his microchip as living at the family’s old address – and if that was not confirmation enough, they also saw he still had his little wonky ear.

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