A blind black cat has been reunited with his owners 11 years after he disappeared over the garden fence.
And amazingly Dexter was found wandering the streets just a mile from where he had vanished.
Julie Gibbons, 56, had taken in the rescue animal and his sister Daisy in 2010.
But just weeks later daredevil Dexter decided to explore the neighbourhood.
He never returned and Julie thought he was lost forever.
But last month she was contacted by a vet who said: “We’ve found your cat.”
She said: “It was devastating when we lost him. We’d only just adopted him and were so excited to bring him in.
“We searched high and low for him but couldn’t find him. He was microchipped so we hoped we’d find him that way.
“But there was no sign of him and that was it.
“That was the last we heard of it until a vet called to say a cat registered to our address was found.
“I was stunned. I couldn’t believe it. He was living about a mile from where we live.
“He was so close but so far.”
Dexter, now aged 16, had been spotted by a concerned couple who took him to a vet where it was discovered he had gone blind.
But his microchip was checked and he was reunited with NHS manager Julie at her home in Warrington, Cheshire.
She said: “We don’t know what happened to him out there but he’s blind now.
“He’s bumping into furniture and goes about slowly but he’s very gentle. We think he has been blind for a while now because he does seem quite comfortable moving around.”
The mum-of-two added: “We’re amazed and overjoyed to have him back with us.
“The fact he’s lived till 16 is amazing, he’s so resilient. To have him back after all this time it’s unbelievable.
“Daisy is quite a nervous cat so she’s still avoiding him, and he’s still getting used to the house.
“We’re hoping they’ll eventually get used to each other.
“We’re going to let him have a nice quiet life and work things slowly. Just trying to ease him back into our home.
“It’s not going to be easy but we’re just happy we’re all together. He’s so cute.”