A FAIRFIELD Heights man is desperate to be united with his cat Bear after he went missing nearly a year ago.
Michael Stojanovic, who lives on Nelson Street, had the Russian Blue domestic short-haired cat for two years before he disappeared on October 22 last year.
"I opened the front door to go outside and Bear followed," he said.
"I then saw him cross the road and called out to him before chasing him.
"But I wasn't quick enough and that was the last time I saw him."
Mr Stojanovic said there has been numerous sightings of Bear, who is micro-chipped, since he fled but no-one had been able to catch him.
"He's been seen on The Horsley Drive and Rowley Street in Smithfield, and at The Brown Jug Inn car park at Fairfield Heights," he said.
"There has also been sightings on the Cumberland Highway, as well as Barbara and Harris streets in Fairfield."
Mr Stojanovic said he was devastated about losing Bear and would do anything to get him back.
"I'm still devastated.
"It feels like the world has stopped without him.
"His mother Lucky still looks for him."
The 47-year-old, who owns five cats, is offering a $500 reward for Bear's return.
"He is a very special cat. He was the only survivor of four kittens."
Mr Stojanovic is working with Pet Search's Lee Jeffries to find Bear.
"If anyone sees him, please call straight away," he said.
"The objective is to get him home safely so if you're not sure still ring, even if you find a cat that looks similar to him dead on the road, just call me because at least I'll have closure."
If anyone has seen Bear, call 0411 655 240 or 1300 309 004.