Benny back home after going missing

Malcolm Grant from Rainford has been reunited with his cat Benny, who disappeared from the family home in July 2012
Malcolm Grant from Rainford has been reunited with his cat Benny, who disappeared from the family home in July 2012

A St Helens couple have been reunited with their long lost cat... after more than two years apart!

Malcolm Grant had given up all hope of finding four-year-old Benny following his cat’s disappearing act back in July 2012.

But, amazingly, one of his neighbours called last week to say that he had spotted a cat which looked just like Benny loitering around the Bottle and Glass pub in Rainford - just half a mile away.

Malcolm, 64, said: “As soon as I was able to leave work I headed straight to the pub - more in hope than expectation.

“A member of staff showed me where the cat had been seen in the previous fortnight and as soon as I called out Benny’s name he sprung out of the undergrowth and greeted me as if he had found a long lost friend. I couldn’t believe it.

“It was absolutely wonderful to be reunited. I was devastated when he disappeared - we had had him since he was a kitten. He was obviously well looked after by somebody though as he was in remarkably good condition.”

Malcolm, of Inglewood Road, Rainford, feared that Benny, who had previously gone missing once before, may even have been shot by gamekeepers as he lives close to Lord Derby’s estate.

But he is so sure that Benny must have been taken in by another owner at one point that he wants to say a big “thank you” to whoever has helped looked after his precious cat.

He added: “The strange thing is that we found Benny less than half a mile from home, but he had not been seen by any of the local farmers or nearby people since July 2012.

“It is possible that one or more of your readers may recognise him and, more than likely, provided him with a good home during his travels.

“Knowing how much it hurts when he went missing, I want the people who looked after him to be reassured that he is now home fit and well.”

If you helped to look after Benny since July 2012, call Chris Amery on 07860 530826 or e-mail: chris.amery@jpress.co.uk