When their beloved cat Taz went missing in 2008, the Evans family were devastated.
Their cat Mia died suddenly in 2008 and a couple of months later Taz disappeared.
Taz never showed up and despite putting posters up and looking for her they never saw her again and thought she was dead.
Five years later, Rob Evans and his wife Val decided they were ready to adopt a kitten and Rob went on to the Cats Protection website.
Since there were no kittens available for adoption they decided to have a look at the cats that were needing new homes.
They couldn’t believe their eyes when they saw Babe – they were absolutely convinced from the moment they saw her photo that it was their beloved Taz.
After many phone calls backwards and forwards and sending of photos The Evans were put in touch with Babe’s fosterer and it was agreed that it was Taz.
Val, of Vale Road, Lancaster, said: “We couldn’t believe it. We had lots of pictures of her on the computer and she has really distinctive markings on her head.
“We arranged to go and collect her from the foster carer. My husband has a really gravelly voice and she recognised it.
“It was a really lovely reunion. We never had another pet since she went missing and we found her the first time we went on the website, it’s bizarre, a twist of fate.”
Now Taz is enjoying life with her family, including Charlie, eight, and Gracie, four.
Val, 38, said: “Charlie remembers her and he often used to talk about her. Gracie is mad on animals and she is just over the moon.
“Rob was always more attached to Taz and he was over the moon as well.
“She just loves being stroked and she is being a house cat now!
“What a Christmas present!” Taz was rescued by Cats Protection in 2008 as a stray with signs of cat flu.
She was rehomed twice and named Snuffles and Babe.
Cats Protection homing officer Eileen Evans said: “I am absolutely delighted that Babe/Taz has found her way home.
“Everyone at the Lancaster & Morecambe Branch of Cats Protection is a volunteer and we all work tirelessly to help needy cats in our area.
“I have been involved with Babe from when she was first rescued and she was a very poorly girl.
“To know she is back with her family again is fantastic and we wish her and her family all the very best.”
Fosterer Julie Wilding said: “I am over the moon for Babe/Taz.
“She was my first foster cat when I started volunteering for the Lancaster & Morecambe Branch of Cats Protection at the beginning of the year and she has been with us on and off all year. It is such an incredible story and I’m so glad that she is back where she belongs.”