Beloved pet cat who vanished at motorway services found still there months later

A missing cat was still living at the service station it became lost at seven months later.

Shaun Ore, 56, and Pauline Dearing, 42, could do nothing when two-year-old Millie made a dash for freedom during a stop off on the M5.

After a desperate nine hour hunt for the runaway cat last June, devastated Shaun and Pauline left Gloucester Services believing they would never see their pet again

That was until a shock phone call from a Gloucestershire animal rescue shelter last week which revealed Millie had been found by staff at the same services.

Thanks to Louise Davies from Animals Lost and Found, the couple have now been reunited with their brown and black-coloured cat.

Pauline said: "She was just Millie, I gave her a big cuddle and she went belly up in my arms."

Shaun said: "I was a bit wary if she might bite but she was normal when she saw us, she's gone back to her old sort of ways.

"To survive on the M5 is just amazing."

Shaun and Pauline, who now have four other cats, were making the journey from West Bromwich back to St Ives, Cornwall on June 12 when they made a pit stop on the M5.

When they got her out of her crate to stretch her legs, Millie managed to wiggle free of her harness and dashed out over the grass that covers the Gloucester Services building.

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The distraught couple then got permission to search the premises and roof, but eventually were forced to give up after nine hours.

Shaun said: "It was devastating to be honest, I didn't want to leave.

"I went back up a few times, I took her favourite treats and I had something of Pauline's.

"It wasn't the same, you're used to having something there day and night and then suddenly something had left."

Pauline said: "We got Millie for a bit of companionship and something to cuddle.

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"After she disappeared it affected us all to be quite frank.

"We didn't think we'd ever see her again because she was feral."

When they got home, Pauline contacted Louise at Alfig who who then spent hours with her team searching for Millie.

They put up posters and spoke to people at the services and in nearby villages Brookthorpe and Matson.

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But only five weeks ago did Louise herself get a call from Dan Jenkins from Gloucester Services to report he'd spotted a cat that matched Millie's description.

Manager Tom Hibberd said he'd been able to lure in the cat with some food, so Louise returned and managed to catch it.

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After scanning the kitty's microchip, they found that the runaway was indeed Millie and was able to reunite her with Shaun and Pauline.

Pauline said: "We were shocked!

"I actually texted her back to say 'are you joking?'"

As the couple adopted Millie as a feral kitten, they believe her early months equipped her with the know how to live in the wild.

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