A one-eyed cat who went missing from its family home was found less than a mile away from where she disappeared – after 11 YEARS.
Emotional Terrie Mitchell was reunited with her long-lost cat, Chloe after she was discovered living in an overturned wheelie bin by a postwoman just a couple of streets away from where she went missing.
Terrie believed she would never see her pretty puss again until she spotted the long-haired moggie on Facebook.
The 34-year-old was just 21 when she got Chloe as a kitten and was still living at home with her mum Jean.
When she moved out with her partner, Terrie let the black, long-haired cat stay in the house she was used to.
But when Terrie’s mum died unexpectedly at the age of 60, Chloe disappeared and couldn’t be found anywhere.
Terrie believed she would never see her pet again until a postwoman who had found the cat living in an overturned wheelie bin posted a picture on Facebook.
The pair were reunited on November 5 this year – exactly two weeks before the anniversary of the death of Terrie’s mum.
Terrie, a dental nurse, said: “When I saw the picture, I thought ‘Wow, that looks like my Chloe’. I was shaking and panicking.
“I was asked for proof so I ran upstairs to the attic to grab the photos I still had of her as a kitten.”
The married mum-of-two, who already has two cats, had recently been talking with her husband about getting another black cat.
She said: “You didn’t microchip in those days. I don’t even know if it was around then.
“I was pregnant at the time and I looked for her for days, but nobody had seen her.
“I assumed she had been run over because I had another cat a few years before who had gotten run over on that road.”
Andrea Hurst, a postwoman, had been delivering a parcel to an elderly lady, who asked her to bring it to the back door.
She spotted the fluffy cat living in the wheelie bin and couldn’t stop thinking about her.
On her next round, she asked about the cat and was told it had been staying there for over six years as the woman had been feeding it but didn’t want a house cat.
Andrea asked a local cat shelter to collect her before posting on a lost and found Facebook page trying to find the original owners.
She wrote: “This is probably a long shot, but does anyone recognise this beautiful cat.
“She’s been a stray for a long time, shes been living in a back garden in Beighton Sheffield, S20 for at least 4 years.
“Unfortunately not chipped, her eye has been surgically removed, so someone loved her at some time. Would love to get her home x”
Terrie, who says by chance the post appeared on her newsfeed, commented with praying emojis: “Omg this my cat!!!!!
“I lived in Beighton on Orchard Lane when she went missing in 2005!!!! I paid for her eye operation.
“I can’t stop shaking!!!!! Her name is Chloe – ahhh wow!!! Please whoever knows please contact me……”
After being treated for fleas and having knots cut out of her fur, Chloe had to have over £200 in treatment at the vet.
The vet, who confirmed Chloe was over 10 years old, told Terrie it was a miracle.
Now, Chloe’s settling in well at her new home and even responds to her original name.
Terrie said: “Now I feel guilty that I didn’t search for her better because she was obviously around, the poor little lady.
“It could give hope to people who haven’t seen their pets in years.”
“She loved my mum.”