A little girl has been reunited with her cat after it went missing nine months ago.
Katya Harmon, 10, was devastated when her cat Timmy disappeared.
As the days and weeks went by, she thought she’d never see her best friend again.
Until nine months later, when, thanks to his microchip, Cats Protection was able to track him down.
Katya, from Woking, Surrey, couldn’t believe her eyes when Timmy was returned home, with the heartwarming moment being caught on camera by her doting mum.
After a difficult year for the family, in which Katya’s father Perry died of cancer, Katya’s mother Svitlana Harmon said Timmy’s return had “brought some light back”.
Ms Harmon said: “I had just taken Katya to school when I received a totally unexpected call from Cats Protection. I had given up hope of ever receiving such a call. Timmy was coming home. It was almost unbelievable.
“I knew that Katya would be overjoyed to see Timmy. That was when I hit on the idea of filming that special moment, to capture Katya’s reaction to finding Timmy hiding on her bed.”
Ms Harmon said: “If it wasn’t for that microchip, we wouldn’t have Timmy home with us now. He won’t leave Katya’s side and she is besotted with him.
“We’ve had it hard this year, like so many people… then I had a miracle call from Cats Protection. It really brought some light back into our world.”
Pauline Welch, welfare officer for Cats Protection’s Woking and District Branch, said: “We had a report from a lady who had been feeding a suspected stray cat for a couple of months.
“I went round and scanned him for a microchip, which he had thankfully.”
Cats Protection’s Christmas campaign will highlight the importance of microchipping pets, with the charity claiming that 26% of owned cats in the UK are not microchipped.