Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Cat survives desert then reunited with family

Cat that survived 5 months in desert now homeCat survived desert 

What a wonderful story: A cat that went missing 5 months ago is found and two local animal rescues work together to make it happen.

from the press release
A happy reunion unfolded this week at the Humane Society of Southern Arizona (HSSA) after a cat named Honey turned up at the Tucson Wildlife Center (TWC) following a five month disappearance.

“We discovered Honey on our far-east property more than two months ago,” explained TWC’s Founder and President, Lisa Bates. “The cat was very elusive.” But that didn’t discourage Lou Rae, TWC rehabilitator, and Inge Koopman-Leyva, TWC volunteer and HSSA Community Outreach Manager, from befriending the cat with toys and treats.

Eager to capture the weak and frightened cat before predators made a meal of him, TWC set up Havaheart live traps and celebrated the day Honey was finally safe in their custody.

Once delivered to the Humane Society, shelter workers found a microchip and contacted Honey’s family. Owner Linda Keeney immediately rushed to the HSSA for a tearful reunion. “Not a day went by when I didn’t think about Honey,” Keeney said. “He is truly an exceptional cat.”

Now safe at home, Honey is on strict orders not to sneak outside. “He recognized everyone and everything the moment he returned,” explained Keenly. “It’s wonderful to have him home again.”

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