Mish first went missing about June 2009, when Eddie Helac and his wife Urszula moved from Rivervale to Belmont.
‘Urszula and I would drive up and down the streets in Belmont and then decided to drive to Rivervale to see if he went back to the old house,’ Eddie said.
‘Sure enough he was there, so we would pick him up and take him back to the new place. This happened two or three times before he went missing for good in August.
‘We would spend days looking for him and driving around to the point that police would stop us and say there was a complaint from one of the houses about a slow moving vehicle with torches.’
Mish was Eddie’s present to Urszula for her 21st birthday and at the same time they got a dog, Jazzy, who was Mish’s best friend, so the couple and Jazzy were heartbroken about their missing cat.
They eventually moved to Morley and then Wanneroo but would still occasionally drive down to Belmont to look for him.
Life moved on and the family grew. They had two daughters, Hana and Leila.
Earlier this month, they received a phone call from Lathlain Veterinary Clinic who said they had Mish. Ella Morris, from Lathlain Veterinary Clinic, said Mish was brought into the clinic by a man and his wife who said the cat had been hanging around their street as a stray for about seven to eight months.
‘They had asked people on the street if anyone owned him but had no luck and due to the condition he appeared to be in, they wanted to take him to a shelter,’ she said.
‘We routinely scan all stray animals for a microchip, no matter how unowned they look just in case,;to my surprise I was able to locate Mish’s microchip, I accessed the microchip registry and then was able to contact Urszula.’