A Sydney woman has received the ultimate Christmas gift by being reunited with her pet after a decade.
Rosie was Bianca Zammit’s childhood pet until one day she ran away from her St Marys home in the city’s west and never returned.
Now 14 years later the pair are reunited, just in time for Christmas.
In an unbelievable twist, she discovered her beloved cat was living only a few streets away the entire time.
“I was always hoping when I was younger that she’d come back,” Ms Zammit said.
“It’s crazy that she’s back … The last time I held her she was a kitten.”
Rosie was surrendered to Blacktown Rehoming Facility by the family of a man who passed away.
She’d lived with him the entire time in a home, just a few streets away and was returned to Ms Zammit because of the microchip.
“I guess that’s a message for everyone if they find a stray cat, take it to your vet or take it to your local pound to get scanned for a microchip,” Blacktown Animal Holding Facility’s Brandon Cowan said.
“Microchipping your pet is quick and relatively inexpensive with many local councils hosting free microchipping days every year.
“Ensuring your pet is microchipped and keeping the details up to date could make all the difference.
“With Rosie, she could have gone home 14 years ago if the person who found her took her to a vet to get scanned.”
Ms Zammit is now sharing a message to other families searching for their missing pets.
Never give up.
“Because it took me 14 years,” she said.