“I thought it had to be a mistake,” Criner said. “The voicemail from animal control said to get in touch with Peninsula Regional Animal Shelter to find him. I drove to that shelter as fast as the law allowed and walked through the door already fighting back tears.”
When Criner arrived at the shelter, they told her that a man had actually been feeding Cat, who the man thought was a stray, for about a year. After Cat was hit by a car and survived, the man contacted animal control, who scanned for a microchip and discovered who Cat really was.
Criner quickly got in contact with the man who had found Cat and drove over to his house. Cat was sitting on the porch having a snack when she arrived, and as soon as they saw each other, it was as if no time had passed at all.