Sprinkles the Cat was reunited with his family on New Year’s Eve after spending five months in the wild near a New Jersey rest stop.
“This is truly a miracle,” said Laura Lopez, 40, who, with jubilant daughters Sofia, 11, and Elina, 9, hugged the purring Sprinkles.
Sprinkles escaped in July when he wriggled out of his collar and scurried into the woods after Lopez pulled into the Walt Whitman Service Area in Cherry Hill. She was driving to Orlando at the time to look for a new home.
Lopez was unable to retrieve the orange tabby, so she left a long note at a nearby home. The Dobbs family promised to be on the lookout for the cat and Lopez called them weekly.
On Nov. 22, animal rescuer Pam Ott was feeding a feral colony near the same rest stop when she noticed one cat who didn’t behave like the others.
“The cat was clearly getting shunned by the others from the food bowl. I thought, ‘This cat isn’t feral.’ I just picked him up and put him in the car,” said Ott.
She then began the search for his owner. She knocked on doors and ended up at the Dobb’s home. They told her they knew his owner.
According to Ott, the reunion was thrilling.
“The kids started crying,” she said. “Tears were running down their eyes when they saw Sprinkles. He definitely remembered them.”
When traveling with your cat, always make sure she is tagged, chipped, and that her collar has a bell on it. In the car, it’s best to keep the cat in a harness from which she can’t escape. For more info, read The Cat’s Meow’s Guide to Pet Recovery.