An Etobicoke couple had a very welcome Easter weekend surprise when one of their family cats returned home after being missing for more than eight years.

According to his owners Mary and David Dalton, their cat Angus Beaumont Dalton simply vanished in October 2005. The Daltons plastered posters all over their neighbourhood and searched for Angus daily after he disappeared.

“Once a week, I would always check the public postings on the Toronto Humane Society’s website,” says Mary.

Unfortunately, many years passed without a sign of Angus. Then, several weeks ago, the couple received an entirely unexpected phone call from the Brampton Animal Shelter.

“The man said, ‘Do you have a cat named Angus?’” recalls David.

After going to reclaim Angus, they took him to a vet, where he received a clean bill of health. The Daltons suspect he was likely in somebody's care while he was missing. 

“He must have been in somebody’s house, because he’s in such good shape,” says Mary.

Since returning home, Angus has reportedly been fairly skittish and wary of strangers, but the Daltons said his time away seemed to make him “a bit tough.”

The Daltons say Angus’s story should encourage pet owners to microchip their animals.