Grab A Hankie! You Won’t Believe This Good News Fire Story!

A handsome tabby named Pilot went missing from his Santa Rosa, CA home one night in 2007.

“It was not like him to wander and we were hopeful that he would return soon but he didn’t,” said his owner, Jennifer Leigh Thompson. “He had always been a very friendly, social cat so the chances of him being found were high, we thought.”

But he’d vanished, and when the Thompsons moved to Colorado in 2010, they were certain they’d never see him again.

“He is a very special cat and the loss of him was really devastating,” Thompson said.

But ten years later, unspeakable devastation led to a reunion.

Pilot was rescued by a good Samaritan in the aftermath of the Tubbs fire, one of the series of northern California fires that incinerated over 350 square miles of the wine country landscape.

>His rescuer found him in a neighborhood close to the Thompson’s former home. He had burns on his ears and paws and was severely dehydrated when he was found. He was treated at Petcare Veterinary Hospital, where veterinarians scanned for a microchip, leading them to the Thompsons.

“I was in shock when I first heard that Pilot was at Petcare,” Thompson said. “I don’t know who [the good Samaritan] is but I hope I get to meet her. I’m getting our cat back because she cared.”

Thompson will travel to Santa Rosa next week to pick up Pilot and bring him back to Colorado (If it were me, I’d already be in transit). “He’s still the same sweet, friendly guy,” Thompson said. “I’m pretty excited. It’s been hard not being able to see him immediately.”

Get your kittehs chipped, people! 

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Mousebreath Magazine is an award-winning online magazine that celebrates cats and the cat-centric lifestyle. Editor Karen Nichols is a popular conference speaker and writer, whose current project is The Cat Scout Handbook. She is also the denmaster at CatScouts.com.

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  1. Joan Ryan says:

    What an incredible story! So happy for Pilot and his owner. Ten years is a long time to be apart. Someone was watching out for him.

  2. Oh, what a great story! We are happy that Pilot was found after such a long time. Our Gismo was never found and after almost 20 years, Granny never gave up searching for him, knowing that he was an angel by then. He was not micro-chipped, as it wasn’t introduced back in the 90th. Pawkisses for an Easy Sunday 🙂 <3

  3. Oh, what a great story! We love happy endings 🙂 We are happy that Pilot was found after such a long time. Our Gismo was never found and after almost 20 years, Granny never gave up searching for him, knowing that he was an angel by then. He was not micro-chipped, as it wasn’t introduced back in the 90th. Pawkisses for an Easy Sunday 🙂 <3

  4. What a great story! Bet someone else nearby took in Pilot, or fed him with other outside cats. Hope they film the reunion!

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