I know if it were me and one of my cats went missing, I would be devastated. Pets can become like our children or Fur-Kids as I like to call them and when you don’t know where they are or what’s become of them, it leaves you with an unsettling empty space in your heart.
Sure its difficult when they pass over the Rainbow Bridge but at least then you know where they are but not knowing…..cuts through you so I can totally understand how this woman must have felt when she found her cat after months of being lost.
Janice Dimitriou remembers that day all to well. It was September 17th at 9pm to be exact when Turbo the cat fell out of their lower hotel room window and ran into the North Carolina woods the night before his humans were supposed to return to Collier County after evacuating Florida for Hurricane Irma.
“He’d been through a lot,” Dimitriou said. “He was out of his element. He didn’t fall far, but he was terrified and took off in the night in a strange place.”
Janice did everything to find her beloved Tabby even extended her stay but after days of searching, her and her husband returned to their home heartbroken.
Fast forward to almost four months later, when Janice got that call she thought would never come. Someone had spotted a stray tabby that resembled her posters that she had left up. She quickly jumped in the car with her hubby and other cat, Pumpkin and made the 11 hour drive back to the person who had trapped Turbo and low and behold, it was her beloved Fur-Baby.
Dimitriou is grateful to the people in Highlands, North Carolina who kept an eye out for Turbo and left food and water out for him over the last several months. She’s especially grateful to Jim Grove who made that first call to her, trapped Turbo and held on to him til she got there to reclaim part of her heart.