Welcome home, Bertie!

Safely home - Bertie with Joanne Day and daughters Devon and Skye
Safely home - Bertie with Joanne Day and daughters Devon and Skye

A cat missing from a Fife town for nearly three months has turned up safe and well in Stonehaven.

Joanne Day and her family had given up hope of finding five-year-old Bertie after he vanished from their home in St Andrews back in September.

Bertie gets used to home comforts again

Bertie gets used to home comforts again

But the wayward moggy recently befriended a cat-loving couple in Stonehaven who contacted their local Cats Protection group, and this week he was reunited with his hugely-relieved owners.

Joanne said: “We are overjoyed to have him home.

“We never thought we would see him again - it is such a relief.”

The family had put up posters in their community and contacted local animal organisations in a vain search for their pet.

Bertie is microchipped and Stonehaven Cats Protection’s lost and found officer Liz Sangster says that was vital in returning him home.

She added: “We would encourage people to have their cats microchipped - it can make all the difference when they go missing.

“Even if a cat has not survived, we can trace the owners and give them some form of closure.”

It remains a mystery how Bertie ended up in Stonehaven.

Liz said: “He may have got inside a delivery van - but we’ll never know.

“Thankfully, it was a happy outcome.”

Meanwhile, Bertie is settling down to family life again with the Days who are determined he won’t be wandering off again.