This Cat Gave His Family An Unexpected Surprise 2 Years After His Disappearance

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Jimmy, a 13-year-old feline, was particularly fond of taking himself on walks around his town in New Jersey, USA. His humans were always happy to let him wander on his own, until the evening of September 13, 2014, when he didn't come home. His family tried calling for him all night, but the cat was gone.

 

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Jimmy's mom, Sue Zelitsky, put posters up all around their town and refused to stop looking for their beloved family pet for a long time. However, she eventually came to the realization that her cat wasn't coming back, and gave up.

 

Two years after the feline went missing, Sue received an extremely unexpected surprise while browsing the West Milford Animal Shelter website. She came across the profile of a stray cat who had undeniable similarities to their Jimmy. Intrigued and hopeful, Sue sent a message to the association.

 

 

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Source: Sue Zelitsky

The more she spoke with volunteers from the association, the clearer it became that this cat was indeed Jimmy. She rushed to the center as soon as possible, in the hopes that the feline might recognize her. As soon as Sue saw the cat, she knew straight away that this was her beloved animal. She explained to The Dodo:

 

As soon as we opened the cage I asked him, 'Jim, is that you bud?' And he walked over and head-butted me and I just starting crying.

 

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As soon as he heard the news, Sue's husband hurried to visit their long lost pet, and the pair immediately recognized each other.

 

Nearly three years after his disappearance, Jimmy and his family were finally reunited and he can return to his forever home.

 

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If you live in England, you can visit the RSPCA, and if you live in the United States, you can visit the ASPCA to get more information about pets available for adoption.

 

Tens of thousands of dogs and cats end up in shelters each year, either due to neglect, abuse or abandonment. Consider adopting before you shop, and visit your local shelters before going to a breeder. Every dog and cat deserves a fair chance at a forever home.

 

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