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Pets that Returned Home After Being LOST

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Pets that Returned Home After Being LOST

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.




  1. Yasmin's Beauty

    May 17, 2018 at 1:04 pm


  2. Girl Gaming

    May 17, 2018 at 1:07 pm


  3. monkey guy

    May 17, 2018 at 1:27 pm


  4. John Cipriano

    May 17, 2018 at 1:42 pm

    DILLIGAF !!!!!!!!!

  5. RoboKitty Kat kat/jojodock aj

    May 17, 2018 at 1:45 pm

    My cats name prince but he died

  6. RonaldMcdonald Garcia

    May 17, 2018 at 1:52 pm

    😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊 good job

  7. Nemo Hos

    May 17, 2018 at 1:55 pm

    My dogs dont get lost, they just roam around but always come back home. They know where home is.


    May 17, 2018 at 2:01 pm

    Except if the greyhound rescue GFFL steals your grehound you adopted from the greyhound rescue GFFL.

  9. Kelly LF

    May 17, 2018 at 2:05 pm

    My sister's black lab was missing for over 6 months and was found in a shelter in a small town about 3 hours away. The truly amazing thing was that Charlie suffered from seizures and required daily meds but she was ok. This was likely the same reason she was found, since it's probable that someone had her and surrended her when they realized the amount of care involved.

  10. Kaylee Cantrell

    May 17, 2018 at 2:11 pm

    Moral of the story, don't take your pets on vacation with you.

  11. Ginger Grant

    May 17, 2018 at 2:17 pm

    Moral of the story: get your pets chipped.

  12. Jairo Lopez Vargas

    May 17, 2018 at 2:43 pm

    me calman los gatos,me ponen impaciente los perros son hiperactivos los gatos son muy inteligentes e independientes,quietos y rápidos a la vez…..

  13. Dylan Wainscott

    May 17, 2018 at 4:19 pm

    My calico cat name is smore

  14. Meow Meow789

    May 17, 2018 at 4:37 pm

    i remember a story of a cat that climbed into a shipping container and ending up in Europe…but thanks to the chip she eventually got sent home to her family….chip your pets if you care

  15. William Branch

    May 17, 2018 at 5:22 pm

    Giggle Blizzard… here i thought i was the king of ridiculous pet names

  16. Aries

    May 17, 2018 at 5:31 pm

    My cat lady went missing for over 2 years. We repeatedly checked shelters, passed out flyers and went door to door. The day after our family moved two houses down the street we heard scratching at the door… I swear she ran away because we got two kittens. I was happy to have her back with us for 20 more years, she stayed close to home after her little adventure.

  17. FOX 455m

    May 17, 2018 at 8:31 pm

    breaks both back legs… doesn't give a damn

  18. Shadowcat107

    May 17, 2018 at 11:25 pm

    ❤️ I don’t have any pets ❤️

  19. Oldenweery

    May 18, 2018 at 7:43 am

    Amazing! I got lost here in town a while back—and I've lived here more than 30 years. "Dumb animals" just means they can't talk (other than a few words, anyway).

  20. Sarily

    May 19, 2018 at 3:08 am

    I doubt some of these people looked very hard for their pets. And that one about the turtle sounds like bs. How could a turtle live in a box for 30 years?! That first one about the dog doesn't sound right either. How would the dog find where that girl lived after moving 4 times? Someone she knew probably had it the whole time, then just decided to give it back one day and left it on her porch. Several of the other ones also sound fake 😒

    Also, I'm glad Bored Badger didn't narrate this one. He always narrates the animal themed videos and he sucks at it! I can't stand his stupid voice!

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