If you have a pet, you dread the thought of being without them. A pet running away can be stressful, terrifying, and all around just an awful experience. Luckily for us, there are multiple ways to find lost family members and bring them home. These are some of the most miraculous and heart-filled stories of lost pets returning home. These are fifteen runaway pets who returned home.
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#7: Corky the Dog
In 2009, the Montez family had lost a vital family member in Texas, when Corky, their terrier mix had escaped his kennel in the backyard and was almost never seen again. Seven years later, two dogs were picked up on the side of the road by Animal Control. After scanning for microchips, Corky was identified immediately as the Montez’s dog, and they were contacted. After picking up Corky, the family had noticed the one-eyed dog and Corky had become very close friends. The Montez family ended up adopting the one-eyed friend they named Captain. Now, Captain and Corky are brothers and live their happy pup lives with the Montez family.
#6: Holly the Cat
While on vacation near the Daytona Speedway in 2013, Bonnie and John Richter lost their cat, Holly, who had been scared by a fireworks show. After a fruitless search in a sea of nearly 3000 campers and motorhomes, the Richter’s returned home without Holly. Almost a year later in 2014, a woman named Barb Mazzola had noticed a cat in her backyard that was “barely standing.” The Mazzola family quickly took the cat in and tried to nurse it back to health. They took the cat to the vet, where it was scanned for microchips, and turned out that it was Holly! The Richters were quickly notified of their found cat and picked her up immediately. The crazier part of the story is the Holly had traveled over 200 miles to try and see Bonnie and Jacob, without any help from cars or other passerby’s.
#5: Zander the Husky
In 2012, after being admitted to the hospital, John Dolan was forced to leave his husky, Zander, home alone. Zander apparently could not even fathom being more than two miles from his owner, so one night, he decided to leave and find John. Zander had crossed a busy street, a stream, a nature preserve, and many other obstacles to get to John. When he arrived at the hospital, a nurse had found Zander and called the name on his collar. Only a few feet away inside, John had answered the phone and had been told that Zander was quite literally right outside his window. Nothing, not even a two miles of the city, could stand between Zander and John.
#4: Skittles the Cat
The Sampson family was vacationing in the Wisconsin Dells in 2002 for Labor Day and had brought their cat, Skittles, with them. Unfortunately, while the family was vacationing, they lost track of Skittles and time ran out to find him before they had to return home to North Dakota. In 2003, 16-year-old Jason Sampson was being scolded for bringing home another stray cat. Upon further investigation, they found that the cat Jason had brought home was Skittles! Skittles had traveled over 350 miles in 140 days just to return home to his family.
#3: Gribouille the Cat
This French cat had traveled almost 600 miles to be reunited with his owner. In 1987, Madeleine Martinet of France had given Gribouille to a neighbor because she felt as though she was too financially unstable to take care of him anymore. The neighbor had then moved from France to Reutlingen, West Germany. Gribouille must have been a faithful French citizen at heart and trekked over 600 miles back to Martinet’s doorstep. Being underweight, dirty, and mostly blind from infections, Gribouille had returned home in 1989. Martinet quickly took him to the vet where he was treated for his injuries and lived a happy life with Martinet until his last days.
#2: Willow the Cat
In Boulder Colorado in 2006, a calico cat named Willow had made her grand escape from home when contractors left the door open during the Squires’ home renovation. Willow had been missing for five years, and the Squires’ had assumed the poor Willow had been missing for years and the Squires assumed she would never come home. Surprisingly, Willow had been found! All the way in…New York…? The calico cat had been spotted roaming the streets of Manhattan when someone decided to take her to the vet. The vet had scanned her microchip and discovered that she had belonged to the Squires in Colorado. Willow became an overnight feline celebrity and had garnered such a reputation, that the Today Show had offered to fly the family out to New York to talk about the story. While no one knows exactly how Willow ended up in New York, we’re happy to hear that she was found okay and returned to her family.