Last Updated on May 12, 2023 by Pets Feed
Trucker Matthew B couldn’t help but cry when he found his beloved cat Ashes after months of searching.
Matthew and Ashes have been on the road together since their paths crossed. The man shares an incredible bond with his 3-year-old gray uncle as they travel across the country together in the comfort of their 18-wheeler.
Ashes was her colleague and they had never been apart, until last July when they were driving through Springfield, Ohio, and the cat accidentally escaped from the truck while it was parked. Something startled him and he quickly ran into the bushes.
This trucker finds his lost cat after months
Matthew was devastated and searched every nook and cranny for his best friend.
He circled the area countless times but to no avail, he was so heartbroken he had to hit the road again, but he knew he had to come back.
Over the next few months, Matthew rearranged his routes several times so he could return to the same location in search of Ashes. She kept coming back, hoping this would be the day she found him.
One day, Kimberly T. and her friend arrived at the same stop on their way to New York. Just before he got back into his vehicle, something caught his eye. A very skinny and hungry cat came out of a bush looking for attention.
He was trying not to put his paws on the ground, it was so cold.
When no one showed up to claim the cat, she picked him up and took him to her car to warm him up. The cat was showing signs of having been on the streets for a while. He needed a lot of attention and veterinary check-up.
Kimberly took him with her to New York because she knew of a place that could help this little boy.
They took him to Lollypop Farm, an animal welfare organization in Fairport, where they welcomed him with open arms.
A spokesperson for the organization said:
What Kimberly didn’t know was that this cat was not just any cat, but an experienced traveler. Our admissions team immediately scanned a microchip, as they do with all incoming pets. Not only did he own one, but he had an owner who registered it at a Texas address over 1,500 miles away.
They dialed the number found in the registration information and crossed their fingers for the owner to pick up, which he did. Matthew, who was in Arkansas at the time, was totally in disbelief.
He told Lollypop Farm staff:
I had been thinking about Ashes every day.
Matthew immediately rearranged his route schedule and headed to New York. While Ashes waited for the meeting date, he received necessary veterinary care and gained weight.
A week and a half after Ashes arrived, Matthew’s 18-wheeler pulled up outside the shelter.
Ashes immediately recognized his human father and went straight to him.
Shelter staff told Love Meow:
Ashes recognized him and was immediately affectionate.
Matthew burst into tears as he gently rubbed his head against Ashes’ and hugged him tightly.
It’s my Christmas miracle. It’s that microchip; without him, I would never have got him back. The women who found him saved his life, but the chip brought him home.
Kimberly and her friend also came to witness this heartwarming reunion. They fell in love with Ashes on their journey home and were overwhelmed with happiness to finally see him back in his place.
Lollypop Farm staff said:
Ashes and Matthew had a close relationship before it was lost, and Matthew says he’s even closer now. Ashes seems so happy to be back with him and acts more loving than ever. We couldn’t be happier to get this adventurous cat back on track.
Images: Lollypop Farm
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