IT WAS a warm welcome home for Gizmo, a cat that went missing from his home in April.
The grey-and-white long-haired feline was last seen at her home in Solebay Way, Alver Village on April 27.
Gizmo’s worried owner Sam Harrison reported him as missing to Gosport Cats Protection’s lost and found service.
The charity is managed by a volunteer, Carole Rudin, who follows up all reports of lost and found cats.
But there was no news of Ms Harrison’s cat despite appeals on the Gosport Cats Protection website and Facebook page.
Until that is, Mike Draper of Martello Close, Gosport, phoned Ms Rudin about a stray cat he had been feeding for several weeks.
Mr Draper said he had grown quite attached to the playful cat but decided to see if he could find the owner before adopting him.
He called Ms Rudin who paid him a visit and instantly recognised the cat as the missing Gizmo.
Ms Rudin called Ms Harrison, who was jumping for joy at the thought of being reunited with her beloved pet. Ms Rudin then drove Ms Harrison around to pick up Gizmo and take him safely home.
Gizmo is now home with Ms Harrison and her family where everyone has been making a fuss of him.
Ms Harrison said she was thrilled to have her pet back after six months.
She said: ‘A massive thank you to Carole from Gosport Cats Protection and the man who looked after my cat Gizmo.
‘I’m over the moon – this is an early birthday and Christmas present.
‘I’m so, so happy.
Ms Rudin said she would like to thank Mr Draper for reporting the stray cat and said anyone who had a stray cat in their garden could call 07946 678 264.
The charity also advises owners to ensure their pet is microchipped and that the contact details are up to date.
For more information, visit gosport.cats.org.uk or search Facebook for CatsProtectionGosport.