A Woman Reunites With Her Cat That Went Missing 13 Years Ago, and Their Story Sounds Like a Miracle
Experts are still not sure about what enables lost cats to travel long distances with no maps, compasses, or other devices, only driven by the strong desire to reunite with their owners. There have been cases where cats traveled hundreds of miles to get back home thanks to an inner navigating mechanism that is still being studied. But there is one really unusual cat named Jill, who got lost and eventually had to travel miles away from her home to find her beloved owner again.
Here at Bright Side we’ve learned more about this one in a million happy reunion, and here’s how it all happened.
A cat travels miles to get back to her owner.
Kelly LaVette, from South Carolina, lost her cat Abby 13 years ago. While the cat was missing, the woman graduated college, got married, had kids, and worked as a teacher for a decade. Kelly has a hard time finding the words to describe how happy and surprised she was when she got a message saying her long missing cat was finally found.
Kelly had Abby for only for a month before she got away. The process of Abby getting lost, and her “new” story, began in the shelter where she ended up after her long journey. And this is also where she got her new name, Jill. Animal rescuer Alison Ferguson noticed that the cat was microchipped, and she was amazed to discover that the animal had somehow traveled 75 miles away from her registered home in South Carolina. Jill had probably moved to another place with the new owners who adopted her, and who she eventually left.
The phone number and e-mail that were given on the chip were no longer available, but Alison was determined to find Jill’s owner no matter what. Among other data, she found the owner’s name on the microchip, and started searching for the woman. She messaged every woman with the name Kelly Amandrell on Facebook, and luckily got a reply from the cat’s original owner, who now had a different last name.
“I knew it was something unusual when I was contacted by someone using my maiden name, which I hadn’t heard for a very long time,” said Kelly. Her maiden name was actually Mandrell, so it probably got registered wrong on the chip by mistake, which made the search process even more difficult.
Jill and Kelly finally find each other.
It seemed like a miracle for Kelly that someone found her cat after so many years, and did so much to help the 2 reunite. It was fate and she didn’t think twice about adopting her long missing cat again. It took Jill some time to adapt to her new home, but now she feels calm and safe.
“She seemed shy at first, but a couple of days after that she definitely warmed up to me. She follows me everywhere, sleeps next to me, cuddles with me, and wherever I am, she is right there,” said Kelly.
They had a one in a million chance for a happy reunion.
Alison, who has been working with animals for a long time, believes that what happened to Kelly and Jill was a real miracle. Even though the animal had a microchip, there was very little chance for the 2 to find each other again: 13 years had passed, Kelly now had a different last name, and also lived far from the place where Jill was found. Nevertheless, they managed to find each other despite time, distance, and all the other obstacles in their way. “I think stories like this give other people who have lost their cats a bit of hope,” said Alison.
What do you think of Kelly and Jill’s story? Do you know any other stories of animals and their owners who managed to find each other years after being separated?