Anyone who has had a pet go missing should take heart from the story of Bronco, a cat that was returned to his owners after going missing around 16 months ago.
The eight-year-old tabby was due to be put down when he was adopted by Shereena Rolland two years ago and he was loving life on the family’s 16ha farm in Dairy Flat.
Shereena says Bronco is a bit of a character and liked to think he was one of the dogs, hanging out when she worked with her horses. He also stuck close to home, which is why she was concerned when he disappeared in May last year.
She contacted vets and put up multiple posts on social media during her search for him and says she never gave up hope.
“I am a volunteer with [dog rescue charity] Saving Hope, so I know that there is always the chance of a positive outcome,” Shereena says.
At the end of last month, she was called by a vet in Mt Eden who had scanned Bronco’s microchip. Shereena is unsure exactly what happened, but the vet told her that Bronco walked onto a property in Torbay last year, and has been living with the owners ever since.
They moved to Mt Eden, and when they took Bronco to the vet there, his microchip was scanned which led to the discovery that Shereena was his owner.
Shereena was overjoyed and rushed to collect him. She says he’s settled right back in. “He has had a really interesting life and we’re just so happy to have him back.”