When Mindy Criner and her husband Luke first decided to adopt Cat from the Peninsula Regional Animal Shelter in Virginia, they knew it would take a little bit of work to bring out his confidence. Cat was very shy. But Mindy knew in her heart that all he needed was some love and time.
“You could see in his eyes he just needed love,” she said.
After some time, Cat settled into his home with Mindy and Luke and became a beloved member of their family. They never regretted their decision to adopt the fur-baby.
Unfortunately, Cat may have gained a little too much confidence. He liked to wander around his yard, but one day he went a little bit further and when Mindy went looking for him, Cat was nowhere to be found.
Mindy immediately contacted the Lost & Found Pets - Hampton Roads, VA, Facebook page to have them spread the word on Cat. At home, they placed a litter box and food outside, hoping that the familiar smells might lead Cat home.
They tried everything, but after a while, they began losing hope.
When Mindy arrived at the shelter, she was told that a man had been feeding Cat for about a year. He thought he was a stray. After Cat had been hit by a car, the man contacted animal control, who then scanned Cat for a microchip and discovered who he belonged to.
Mindy contacted the man straight away and drove over to his house. She saw Cat sitting on the porch having something to eat, and as soon as they saw each other, it was as if they had never been apart.
“I sat on the steps and let him come over to me in case he was scared, and he got right in my lap and purred,” Criner said.
“I started walking towards the car where my husband (who has an incredibly distinctive voice), Luke, was talking to the guy that had been feeding him and Cat purred louder than I knew possible and gave me that first super long head boop. It's like he nudged that little piece of my broken heart back in place.”
Cat settled straight back in at home almost immediately, even getting along with his new furry siblings and claiming back his old spots in the house as if he'd never left.
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