A lost cat is finally back with its owners in Jacksonville, Florida, after 11 years, thanks to excellent investigative work and a lot of luck.
Missing Cat Returns Home
Animal Care and Protective Services says Animal Code Enforcement Officer Alfredson initially responded to a report of a sick cat found by a Good Samaritan.
The epic reunion story started when Animal Care & Protective Service Officer Krystal Alfredson responded to a report about a sick cat, the animal shelter shared on Facebook. While the cat was microchipped, its registration was incorrect – so Alfredson was back at square one.
The cat’s microchip information did, however, point to the Jacksonville Humane Society, which could direct Alfredson to the owner’s information from 2010. The phone number was no longer in service, but Alfredson could use the owner’s address on file to find a current phone number.
“The number worked, but was it for the owner of the cat named Derek from over a decade ago?? Officer Alfredson left a message describing the cat and provided information and where the kitty was being held for reclaim,” ACPS said on Facebook.
“A few hours later magic happened when Derek’s owner, Angela Green, received the message and came to Animal Care & Protective Services,” explained ACPS.
“Angela was shocked to find out Derek was found and wanted to reclaim him immediately! She told us that Derek had been a childhood pet for her children and the kids were devasted when he went missing.”
“We are so happy and feel (unbelievably) lucky to have him back,” she said.
Green said Derek is fitting in just fine with her family’s other cat, Cedric.
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