How far can a lost cat travel in nine years? Apparently, over one thousand miles!
We all love our family pets, or “fur babies,” as everyone is calling them now. When one goes missing or passes away, it can be very traumatic for everyone. They are part of the family. So, it is nice to see that this story has a happy ending.
About nine years ago, a woman in the Central California town of Clovis, realized that the family cat, “Harriet,” had wandered off of their ranch. According to an article posted by Kellie B. Gormley on WashingtonPost.com, cat owner Susan Moore phoned all the nearby animal shelters to see if anyone had found their beloved family pet, but none of the animals in the shelters matched her pet’s description. She even registered on HomeAgain.com, a website services which helps folks find their lost or missing pets, but once again no luck. The Moores thought they had lost Harriet The Cat forever.
Fast forward nine years, and out of the blue, the Moores receive a phone call in September of this year from an animal shelter in the town of Hayden. They were informed that they had scanned a rescued cat’s microchip and came up with Harriet’s owner’s information. After the shock wore off a bit, Susan Moore asked where in California the town of Hayden was located. That’s where this amazing story gets even more incredible. The Kootenai Human Society is located in Hayden, Idaho! That is over 1,000 miles away from Clovis, California.
So, how did Harriet The Cat get from her family’s ranch in Central California to Hayden, Idaho? She doesn’t have thumbs, so she was not able to hitchhike (sorry, Dad joke). The Moore family has surmised that Harriet probably wandered off their ranch nine years ago, was found by another family miles away who adopted her, and then later moved to Idaho, where she wandered off again.
Cats certainly do have nine lives!
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Larry Martino is the long-time Afternoon Drive personality on 96.3 KKLZ. The views and opinions expressed in this blog are those of Larry Martino and not necessarily those of Beasley Media Group, LLC.