A cat that spent nearly a year on the run after becoming lost during flooding in northern NSW has been reunited with its owner after surrendering to police.
Officers at Lismore Police Station launched a social media appeal after the feline, "Leelo", was found prowling around their property on Wednesday but became trapped while jumping a fence bordering the station and the court building next door.
"The kitty has been given a feed and is resting," they wrote on Facebook.
"If this is your kitty please come and collect it."
Leelo's owner, Tahma Collopy, recognised her distinctive calico cat in the photos saying her "lil baby" had been missing since the floods in Lismore last March, when she was about eight months old.
"Thankyou to the strangers that fed her while she was running wild," she wrote on Facebook.
The two were reunited on Saturday after a friend of Ms Collopy picked up the cat while she was out of town.
Detective Chief Inspector Cameron Lindsay said staff were glad to see her returned home safely.
"We hope Lismore's finest cat burglar will now put her life of crime behind her and enjoy a new start with her owner," he said in a statement.