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Family Saw Photos of Their Missing Cat on Shelter Page, Tearful Reunion After 2 Years...
Lovemeow ^ | 11APR17 | Amy Bojo

Posted on 07/20/2018 9:33:43 PM PDT by vannrox

A senior cat that had been missing for 2 1/2 years was reunited with his family after they found his pictures on a shelter's Facebook page.

Meet Jimmy!

Sue Zelitsky

The 15-year-old tabby cat was rescued and brought to West Milford Animal Shelter (in West Milford, New Jersey) on March 17. One of the volunteers saw him that night and wanted to help get him to a good home soon.

"Jimmy was picked up not far from West Milford Animal Shelter and brought in as a stray after the blizzard," RC of The Real Cats at West Milford Animal Shelter told Love Meow.

They created a Facebook post for Jimmy and decided to boost it--paid to have it show up in the news feed of people in the area that have specific interests. "The post received 26,636 views and 581 shares."

West Milford Animal Shelter

On March 21, they got a comment from Susan Zelitsky of Wanaque, who told the rescue group that the cat in question looked just like their beloved tiger who had been missing for two and a half years.

After exchanging a few messages, they arranged to have the family come in the next day to meet the cat. The family brought items (a pillowcase and dog toy that Jimmy had used for years) from home to see if the kitty would recognize the scent. The tabby boy's reaction to them was amazing!

West Milford Animal Shelter

"When they opened the crate door, I said, 'Jimmy is that you, bud?' and he walked over and head-butted me and smooshed his nose into the dog's toy," she told North Jersey.

"I immediately started to sob. He started to rub up against us, and when I was rubbing his belly he nipped me, which he always did. He put his head in Dayna's hands and he started to purr loudly."

West Milford Animal Shelter

Susan's husband Bob, who was Jimmy's best friend, came later that day. "Her husband immediately said "that's my boy" and of course everyone was crying very happy tears!"

"Jimmy knew his family. He got up and gave them head bonks and rolled on his back. Especially as soon as he saw his dad," RC told Love Meow.

West Milford Animal Shelter

"He went missing the day someone in the family went to visit other friends in High Crest. At the time her cat would jump into the cars in the driveway and sleep in them- they think he must have hitched a ride to High Crest and been making friends there this whole time."

The sweet senior cat gave his family and their neighbor (whom he adored) headbutts.

West Milford Animal Shelter

Jimmy went home that night with his family and they were all overjoyed.

"After 2 1/2 years our boy Jimmy has been found. A little frail a little tired a little lighter coat but he's home and we are over the moon," Susan said.

West Milford Animal Shelter

The tabby cat is 15 years old now, and he is so happy to be back with is family.

When their younger daughter came home, she couldn't believe her eyes! "He immediately rolled over for belly rubs, and she cried and cried," Susan said. "Life is great for all of us."

West Milford Animal Shelter

Share this story with your friends. If you would like to support their rescue efforts, click here to see how you can help. Follow The Real Cats at West Milford Animal Shelter on Facebook.

Related story: After 15 Months, Missing Cat is Found on River, Two Men Go to the Rescue



TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: animalrescue; cat; cats; firstworldproblem; found; kitties; kittyping; lost; love; pamperedpet; pets
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Never give up hope when a cat is lost. You might never know...
1 posted on 07/20/2018 9:33:43 PM PDT by vannrox
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To: vannrox

Awesome story! Thanks for posting it. =^..^=


2 posted on 07/20/2018 9:44:57 PM PDT by luv2ski
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To: vannrox

Stop posting these cat stories, they’re making my screen blurry.


3 posted on 07/20/2018 9:46:19 PM PDT by dfwgator (Endut! Hoch Hech!)
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To: vannrox

An intelligent Cat should know where his bread is buttered and generally hang around for the benefits.

Smart Cats are Socialists.


4 posted on 07/20/2018 9:47:30 PM PDT by Paladin2 (no spelchek, no problem...)
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To: vannrox

A tabby looks like another tabby.


5 posted on 07/20/2018 9:55:08 PM PDT by ConservativeMind (Trump: Befuddling Democrats, Republicans, and the Media for the benefit of the US and all mankind.)
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To: vannrox

Jimmy sure is a handsome dude!


6 posted on 07/20/2018 10:03:11 PM PDT by pallmallman
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To: vannrox

My pets do not leave the house. To let them go missing that would mean I failed to take care of them properly.

These people are extremely, extremely lucky. Glad they have him back.


7 posted on 07/20/2018 10:23:54 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man ( Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: dfwgator

I should stop reading these when I’m cutting up onions. I may accidentally cut myself too.


8 posted on 07/20/2018 10:29:26 PM PDT by prophetic (Trump is today's DANIEL. Shut the mouth of lions Lord, let his enemies be made the Cat Food instead.)
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To: Paladin2
Smart Cats are Socialists.

Heck in my house, the Cats are the Politburo.

9 posted on 07/20/2018 10:31:26 PM PDT by dfwgator (Endut! Hoch Hech!)
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To: Slings and Arrows

* KITTY PING *


10 posted on 07/20/2018 10:41:31 PM PDT by dayglored ("Listen. Strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government.")
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To: ConservativeMind

Not true. My Buddy is quite unique and comes running when I call to him, even if he is blocks away. I could essily pick him out of a line up of 1,000 tabby cats. When your pets are truly part of the family, they become like your children...except not as messy and they never want a new cellphone or the keys to the car.


11 posted on 07/20/2018 11:05:54 PM PDT by TheWriterTX (Trust not in earthly princes....)
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To: vannrox

Head butts all around


12 posted on 07/20/2018 11:11:05 PM PDT by Nifster (I see puppy dogs in the clouds)
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To: vannrox

I find this interesting. When I was young we moved quite a distance (~40 miles) from one small town to another. Our tabby Tom walked back to the old place including a fair sized river not once, not twice, but 3 times before he finally grudgingly accepted we had moved.

I’ve heard other stories where animals travel back to locations they moved from on their own.

The reason I find this interesting is that this cat didn’t make it back. Maybe it was too far, but I’m guessing there was something blocking his way between the two places.

Thoughts?


13 posted on 07/20/2018 11:17:50 PM PDT by reed13k
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To: vannrox; Paladin2
Rescues and shelters are mostly scams run by crooked busy bodies.

Do you know the biggest single source of the animals in shelters? Shelters, and something like 25% of the animals are known problem animals recycled through multiple families at $300-400 each "rehoming" stay.

Your animal may well be alive but, you wont likely ever see it again. Those of you across the South in particular should know that often, especially after some disaster somewhere, you aren't likely to find your animals because they are immediately shipped to places like Wisconsin and sold to someone here.

14 posted on 07/20/2018 11:43:36 PM PDT by gnarledmaw (Hive minded liberals worship leaders, sovereign conservatives elect servants.)
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To: vannrox

We had a cat of that breed we got as a kitten when some people dumped her and her female sibling into our neighbors bushes and sped off. She lived with us for 21 years and her sibling, who was adopted by the neighbors where they were dumped off, lived for 22 years.


15 posted on 07/21/2018 12:05:40 AM PDT by vette6387
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To: vannrox

We had a cat of that breed we got as a kitten when some people dumped her and her female sibling into our neighbors bushes and sped off. She lived with us for 21 years and her sibling, who was adopted by the neighbors where they were dumped off, lived for 22 years.


16 posted on 07/21/2018 12:06:01 AM PDT by vette6387
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To: gnarledmaw

Some people want perfect angels and scarcely ever get them. I’m glad to have nippy Icicle even though the shelter had quarantined him for one of his little bites. He’s a super sweet cat most of the time. The bites are his way of complaining about being ignored.


17 posted on 07/21/2018 12:44:41 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Tryin' hard to win the No-Bull Prize.)
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To: vannrox

I needed a good cat story this week. Monday I lost mine to cancer. It’s still tough to come home and she’s not there rubbing my leg. She used to come lay beside me as I posted on FR. It’s tough.


18 posted on 07/21/2018 1:13:31 AM PDT by chuckles
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To: Secret Agent Man

“My pets do not leave the house.... To let them go missing that would mean I failed to take care of them properly.”

My first thought when I saw the pics, very careless pet owners....And then the tears of joy, good for them but how about a little forethought, or an ounce of prevention to avoid that kind of thing.....


19 posted on 07/21/2018 1:39:59 AM PDT by selfdefense
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To: vannrox

Hopefully they’ll keep him inside now.


20 posted on 07/21/2018 2:01:10 AM PDT by snarkytart
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