BOOTS the cat has certainly used up a fair share of his nine lives after returning home to St Dogmaels safe and sound – an incredible two years after first going missing!

The fortunate moggy was handed in to Priory Vets, in Cardigan, after been found with an injured leg. His picture was put on Facebook and soon after his owners got in touch and they were quickly reunited with their long-lost pet.

Ruth Jones, practice manager at Priory Vets, said: “He went missing from his home in St Dogmaels two years ago, and despite searches of the area he could not be found, although sightings were reported in Cilgerran and Penparc.

“His owners had given up on seeing him ever again.

“Facebook is such a good way of reuniting owners and pets and very often we find owners this way. In the olden days owners would put posters on trees and lamp posts but pets were usually not found.

“It’s unbelievable they have come forward. They sent me a picture of him and I went down to see him and it was identical. It’s so nice to get such a happy ending and I think this is the longest period we have had where a missing pet has been found.

“He was slightly injured and the person who brought him in thought he had been involved in a car accident. He had hurt his foot but it was nothing major. We are delighted that Boots has finally returned home.”

Boots has now been neutered under the Cats Protection Neutering Scheme, after his owners were told that the reason he strayed was most likely because he was in search of a mate.