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Bugsy the black and white moggy is reunited with his family after seven years

Bugsy has been reunited with his family after going missing seven years ago. Credit: RSPCA

A black and white cat that went missing from his Weston-super-Mare home seven years ago is back with his family thanks to his microchip.

Bugsy went missing from Weston-super-Mare in 2012 and at the time his owners, Christine and Robert Holland, desperately searched for him without luck.

Three years ago the Hollands moved to France and took their three cats with them, including Muppet who is Bugsy's brother.

Miraculously, they have now been reunited with Bugsy after the RSPCA tracked them down through the details registered on his microchip.

Bugsy is back with his family thanks to being microchipped as a kitten. Credit: RSPCA

Bugsy's owner Christine Holland says she had to ask for a photo to confirm it was him.

We had a phone call from the RSPCA inspector asking if we had a cat called Bugsy, we were confused and answered that we used to but had lost him almost seven years ago.

She said that 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!

As we still have his brother, we told her that we would like to bring him over to France to reunite with us. 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.

He is now settled with us and our other three cats, six years and ten months after we lost him. We would never have got him back if we hadn't had him microchipped as a kitten. A huge thank you to the RSPCA for getting him back for us.

– Christine Holland, Bugsy's owner
Bugsy was looked after by the RSPCA at Brent Knoll until his family could collect him. Credit: RSPCA

Bugsy was looked after by the team at RSPCA Brent Knoll Animal Centre until Christine and Robert Holland were able to make the journey back to Britain to fetch him.

Staff at the animal centre say it shows how important it is to microchip pets.

It’s always fantastic to be involved in a happy ending – and we’re so delighted we were able to get Bugsy back to his family.

Every animal who comes in is always scanned for a chip, and we will do all we can to trace the owner.

While it is heartbreaking to lose a pet, if they are microchipped there is a small part of reassurance that should they be found they will make their way back home to you.

– Nikki Tutton, centre manager, RSPCA Brent Knoll

Dog owners have to get their pets microchipped by law but the RSPCA recommends other animals should also be chipped. It also reminds owners to update their details if they move house.