And finally Asher's work in the woods paid off. "I stopped and knocked on the door of the most lovely, gracious woman named Betty whose property backed up to the wooded area where I felt Penny may be crossing," she said. "Within an hour of the feeding station going up, my camera started going off and, lo and behold, Penny was there chowing down. Once she left, I went back and quickly set a trap."
At 8 p.m., Penny revisited the trap just to mark her territory, to let other animals know that the food there was totally hers. "Seeing this, I knew she'd definitely be back. Four hours later, she was back for a midnight snack and this time went all the way in!" Asher said. "She's a smart, funny girl and being able to watch her on video offered much comic relief through the frustration and exhaustion."
The next day, Penny was brought to the shelter to reunite with her daughter — and the moment they saw each other again had pretty much everyone in tears. "I was bawling," D'Annunzio said. "They were kissing each other’s faces."