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Cat missing from Essex for 12 years reunited with family

Quincey is reunited with Margaret Smith's daughter Paula after he disappeared Credit: Cats Protection

A cat missing for more than 12 years from Essex has been found.

Quincey disappeared in December 2006 from his home in Witham.

He was taken in as a stray by volunteers from Cats Protection, after he was found wandering the streets in Braintree.

Quincey's owner Margaret Smith died in 2008, and always believed he died in a car accident or from an illness.

He has now been reunited with Margaret's daughter Paula after she spotted an appeal on social media.

Paula said: “My mum really adored Quincey, he was such a friendly and lovable cat.

"She was heart-broken when he went missing and searched high and low for him, without any luck.

“Then out of the blue last week, I saw a post on Facebook from the local branch of Cats Protection trying to trace relations of Margaret Smith, along with a photo of Quincey. I really couldn’t believe it and phoned straight away.

Jacqui Cuff, from Cats Protection, said: "Most of these happy endings are only possible if a cat has been microchipped.

“Microchipping is an essential part of responsible pet ownership, and is already compulsory for dogs. This should now be extended to ensure all owned cats are microchipped, giving the same level of protection to keep them safe and protected.”