Lucky went missing shortly after his family moved to a new home. He was an experienced outdoor-access cat, but being unfamiliar with the new area, he disappeared on the first day that he was let outside at his new address. His family acted immediately and called me (a pet detective) just the day after he went missing. We conducted a search of the neighborhood with my cat detection dog to ensure that Lucky was not trapped or injured and hiding in the immediate area, but we found no sign of him. I instructed Lucky’s family on how to implement an effective search plan to continue looking for him, but sadly they never really got started. The following day animal control called and reported finding a deceased cat that matched Lucky’s description just 1/4 mile from their new home. This cat did not have on a collar with ID tags, as Lucky had when he went missing, but they concluded that it most likely was Lucky and buried him in the back yard.
Fast forward over four months, and I received this amazing email from Lucky’s owner:
“So you will never believe the news I have for you…… the big black cat that animal control brought to us 4 months ago that was hit by the car and my husband buried in our yard, was not Lucky!! Two weeks ago a woman showed up at our door asking if we had lost a black cat. We said yes, 4 months ago but he was hit by a car. She said, well I have a black cat with a red collar and tags with this address and phone number. She brought the carrier in and I literally fell to the floor crying when I looked in and saw his face and collar still perfectly in tact on his neck. A woman had been putting food out for him all winter but she never got close enough to see the tag. She had called a woman who volunteers at PAWS in Wakefield MA early in the winter to try to get him to bring him out of the cold but when she showed up he was not around as much. Then he started coming back around her house a few weeks ago and that woman from PAWS went there and was able to trap him. When she saw him in the cage and that he was black and his name Lucky it sounded familiar to her, then he moved and his tag flipped over and she saw the address and was so surprised. She called the animal control guy in Lynnfield and asked him and he said oh yeah I brought a black cat to them a few days after he was reported missing. She then told him that she had Lucky with our address on his collar and he was amazed. She drove to our house as she lives in the same city as us and I actually talked to her when he first went missing. I opened the carrier and he walked out rubbed my leg and hopped up on the bed and laid down like nothing ever happened. It is so unbelievable!! We took him to the vet and he was perfectly fine, not a scratch or flea on him and he gained a pound while he was out in the wild all winter. Go figure! We got a chip put in him and registered with Home Again. …. Hope all is well and I still can’t believe he is home and I am writing this email to you!! Best, Stacey”
Case file from Lost Pet Research & Recovery