In the end the couple was forced to give up their search and admit that Bugsy had gone for good.
Four years after Bugsy’s disappearance the couple relocated to France. They took with them their remaining pets: four other cats including Bugsy’s brother Muppet.
Bugsy’s disappearance remained a mystery. The Hollands assumed that their cat had either been taken in by another family or he had been run over.
Bugsy Comes Home
In the spring of this year Bugsy turned up at the RSCPA’s Brent Knoll animal centre which is about six miles south of Weston.
No worse for wear the cat was found to have been fitted with a microchip. However, the details on the chip included the Hollands’ old address prior to their move. Neverthless, that was sufficient to enable staff of the animal centre to make contact with the couple in France.
“We had a phone call from the RSPCA inspector asking if we had a cat called Bugsy, we were confused and answered we used to but had lost him almost seven years ago,” Christine Holland told The Bristol Post.
“She said he was alive and well.
“We were shocked to say the least, thinking the worst had happened, and given up all hope of ever finding him. We even asked for a photo of him to be sent to us to reassure us that it was in fact our Bugsy.
“The RSPCA looked after him and arranged the necessary treatment needed for a pet passport and we had to wait three long weeks before we could come and collect him."
Bugsy is now reunited with his folks in France.
The RSPCA cites the case as an example of the value of microchipping your pet. It states on its website: ‘Microchipping your pet gives them the best chance of being identified and returned to you if they become lost or stolen.’