SHE is the cat that came back – now her delighted family is telling their story to give other families hope.
When Luna went missing from her home in Cobham Grove, Whiteley, her owners the Watts family feared the worst.
She was very thin but she had been going into a garden centre and they had brought her to the Ark, so we are so grateful to them.Francesca Watts, of Cobham Grove, Whiteley
For Luna, a silver tabby, had only ever been kept indoors due to her timid nature.
Francesca, 25, said: ‘She had never been outdoors before that’s why we were so shocked.
‘She had somehow made it out of the front door and got into my husband’s car engine and gone to sleep.
‘He didn’t realise and he drove quite far when she dropped out.
‘He was beside himself as he thought he had hit her as he saw her run into nearby fields.’
Francesca and husband Nicky, 26, launched a desperate search, scouring the fields, putting up posters and appealing for information on social media.
Their two children Charlie, aged three, and Lloyd, five, were devastated, and after two months with no sign, the family thought she had died.
Francesca said: ‘That’s when I had a phone call saying “do you have a cat called Luna?”.
‘I thought “oh no, she’s dead” but then they said she was at the Ark, I couldn’t believe it.
‘She was very thin but she had been going into a garden centre and they had brought her to the Ark, so we are so grateful to them.’
Luna was found by staff at Abbey Garden Centre in Titchfield, who took her to the Stubbington Ark, an RSPCA animal shelter in Ranvilles Lane.
Staff at the Ark scanned Luna for her microchip, which had brought up the family’s telephone number.
A spokesperson from the Ark said: ‘All the staff are delighted that Luna’s walkabout ended happily.
‘Her tale highlights the importance of microchipping your pet. It is a small price to pay for peace of mind should your pet go missing.’
The Ark offers microchipping for £12, call 01329 667541 for more details.