When Robert intended to relocate from California to Ohio seven years ago, his preparations were put on hold owing to the disappearance of his dear buddy, Chebon, the cat. Their relationship was unique, and they were inextricably linked. As a result, Robert postponed his move to remain and look for his cat.
He alerted friends and sought assistance from local animal charities and shelters. He had to move on after a year of no success and no outcomes. He was completely distraught and had given up hope of ever seeing his 12-year-old cat again.
Robert had not seen Chebon in seven years, and he assumed he had lost his cat forever. However, excellent news came, and the unthinkable occurred. He got an unexpected call earlier this month that stunned him: Chebon was alive. Robert was first concerned that there had been an error. But it wasn’t the case.
Chebon was found unwell on the side of the road by a nice lady who brought him to a local veterinarian. Chebon, despite spending many years on the streets, was astonishingly healthy. Employees examined the microchip and discovered Robert was the owner. They also found out that he was in fact 19 years old.
Robert booked a trip to Los Angeles and drove up to the Camarillo Animal Shelter the next day. He was taken to a separate room after arriving at the shelter. Tears of joy streamed down his face as he opened the cardboard box containing his cat.
Robert was overcome with emotion and began sobbing right away. There wasn’t a single dry eye in the house. Chebon was taken aback at first, but then he recognized it was his owner. The cat climbed out of the box and caressed his father with his paws, as though he was relieved to be free.
In an interview, Randy Friedman, marketing manager for Ventura County Animal Services, said, “Everyone in that room — there was another animal control officer and she was weeping, and I was tearing up.” “It was incredible from start to finish — and it was all thanks to a microchip.”
“Chebon held him at one point, and Robert just began crying,” Friedman added. “You don’t see it in cats all that often… It was just heartfelt.”
Chebon can now spend his dying years in comfort now that he’s back home where he belongs. And, of course, the two will never abandon each other.
What would you do if you discovered the lost pet?
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