When most people lose a pet, the sad reality is that it’s usually gone for good. But this week, two different families who lost their cats years ago were finally reunited with them.
Literally one decade ago, Sherwood Park resident Gerald Thompson was living with his grandmother when they decided they needed to get their pet cat, named Lil Homey, a new home. With the help of his sister, they eventually found a farm that was happy to take the animal in.
“I thought that he was just out there living, and that everything was great,” he said.
Fast-forward to 2016, Thompson receives a phone call from a veterinarian who says that he had found his cat. Naturally, he was confused, because Thompson currently owns four cats and they were all at home with him. But that’s when the vet mentioned that the animal he was talking about was 15 years old.
“I stopped and had to think about it,” he said. “Then I realized, ‘You mean Lil Homey?'”
The vet was able to identify the pet through a tattoo, although Thompson has no idea how Lil Homey became a stray or what’s happened in the 10 years since he’s been gone. He’s just happy to have his childhood pet back.
Then, practically on the other side of the country in New Brunswick, another family is breathing a sigh of relief after their cat was returned to them. Except this time, their pet was missing for six years.
In 2010, Elsie McCurdy lost one of her cats, and then a week later lost a second one–a terrible time for any pet owner. Only days later, a neighbour approached her to say that her cat had gone missing as well.
After spending weeks searching for their pets, they both discovered that a bobcat had been sighted in the area, and they assumed the worst.
But last week, something strange happened. McCurdy’s son spotted an SPCA photo online of a cat that seemed to look a lot like their cat Casey.
“He said ‘Have you seen that picture on Facebook?’ And I said ‘Well, no, I’ll have to look when I go home.’ And he said ‘Well, it’s a picture of a senior cat found around Haggerty’s Cove and it looks just like Casey.'”
As soon as she and her husband saw the image, they knew it was their cat. It didn’t take long for the SPCA to reunite them with their long-lost family member once and for all.
You can see the heartwarming stories for yourself in the videos above.