DEXTER the cat’s back in the arms of his owners – seven weeks after they lost him.
He fled panicked from Louise and Gary Cox’s car after an accident while they were preparing to move house from Gosport to Newcastle in December.
Now thanks to Gosport Cats Protection sharing the family’s appeal, Dexter has been reunited.
Louise, 27, said: ‘If it wasn’t for Gosport Cats Protection we never would have found Dexter again.
‘He was missing for seven weeks after he escaped while we were moving house.
‘Gary is in the armed forces and we were moving to Newcastle.
‘Before travelling up there, we were taking Dexter and our dog Spike to Brighton to stay with family for a couple of days.
‘But while driving out of Gosport on the A32, someone went into the back of us.’
During the crash, Dexter’s basket door snapped open and he escaped through the car window, which was open for Spike.
Louise and Gary, pictured with Dexter, spent the next two days looking for him but with no success.
She added: ‘We had no idea where he might have been.
‘We then had to move up to Newcastle.’
Louise got in contact with Gosport Cats Protection, which posted Dexter’s picture on its website and Facebook page.
A lot of people shared the story over the following weeks and six weeks after he went missing, a couple living in Lower Quay, Fareham, rang the charity to say they had a cat similar to Dexter visiting them.
Louise saw the pictures and confirmed they were Dexter.
She said: ‘We were so happy when we found out it was him.
‘We had to wait for a new car but as soon as we had one, we drove down from Newcastle to get him.
‘He was fine and eating normally.
‘We are just glad to have him back home again.’
Carole Rudin volunteers for Gosport Cats Protection and helped reunite Dexter with Louise and Gary.
She said: ‘I first heard about Dexter’s story on a separate Facebook page.
‘I then started volunteering for Gosport Cats Protection and one of the first cats I helped look for was Dexter.
‘I had only been volunteering for three weeks when he was found.
‘So for him to be reunited with his family was great news for them and for me as a new starter.
‘It was a happy ending.’