The Darkness Singer Justin Hawkins Reunited With Missing Cat After Three Years

The Darkness frontman Justin Hawkins has been reunited with his long-lost pet cat named Cully – an amazing three years after she went missing – after she was handed into Cats Protection’s Anglia Coastal Branch after being found living as a stray in Lowestoft, Suffolk, in May.

The 10 year old Bengal cat was routinely scanned for a microchip revealing she did in fact have an owner – the singer and lead guitarist Justin, one of Lowestoft’s most famous former residents.

Branch Coordinator Delphine Wood, pictured with Justin and Cully below, was quickly able to make contact with an overjoyed Justin, who took a break from a hectic tour schedule to travel to the UK to collect Cully.


Photo Credit: Trevor Fuller/Caters News

The reunion came during National Microchipping Month, and as Cats Protection renewed calls for new compulsory microchipping laws to apply to cats as well as dogs.

Delphine said: “We get lots of strays and sadly many are not microchipped, so we’re always pleased if we find one. When the owner’s details came up, I thought the name sounded familiar as my boyfriend is a fan. I was just relived there was a phone number and it was up-to-date.

“I contacted Justin and he was so thrilled to hear Cully was alive, fit and well. It’s always really lovely to give someone the news that a long-lost pet has been found, and it was clear how much Cully meant to him.

“This story goes to show why microchipping is so important – had Cully not been microchipped we would never have been able to reunite her, and Justin would never have known what had happened to his much-loved pet.”


Photo Credit: Trevor Fuller/Caters News

After contacting Justin, Cats Protection volunteers arranged for her to have the necessary vaccinations to be able to travel to Switzerland, where Justin now lives.

The  singer, whose hit songs include ‘I Believe in a Thing Called Love’ and ‘Growing on Me’ said: “Losing Cully was heart-breaking for me and my family but I always knew in my heart that she was still alive; I could just feel it.

“She’s always loved the great outdoors. I periodically checked in with the relevant databases and kept my details up-to-date because I knew this day would come. Thanks to Delphine’s terrific work, Cully can come home at last.”

Figures released today by Cats Protection reveal that less than a third of pet cats are microchipped and one in four have no identification at all.

With over a quarter of owners reporting that their cat had gone missing at some point (27 per cent) and nearly 40 per cent relying only on a collar for identification, Cats Protection says the survey shows why cats would lead safer, happier and healthier lives if owners were legally required to have them microchipped.

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