When a beloved pet goes missing, it can feel just as devastating as if you’ve lost a family member, which is why one man searched for weeks when his 20-year-old blind and deaf cat disappeared.
This past February, Raymond McNamara spent more than three weeks posting fliers and looking everywhere for his disabled cat, Lily, who got lost while they were on a trip to Fort Lauderdale, Florida. “Because she’s blind, she always sticks close,” Raymond said. “But in early February, when we were at a sand dune, I walked 10 feet away and turned my back for a brief moment. And when I turned around, she was gone.”
“I was so upset, I just stopped eating and I lost a bunch of weight,” Raymond said. “And it got to the point where I was exhausted and running out of money. Finally, I figured, ‘She’s gone — sad as it is, I need to accept it and move on.’” Raymond headed to California to look for work, but drove all the way back to Florida on mid-May when his mother called and explained that someone had found a blind and deaf cat that fit Lily’s description at a construction site near the beach where she went missing.
“I climbed in my car as soon as I could and started driving back to Florida, with tears of joy all the way,” Raymond said. “It’s so incredible that Lily was able to survive for two months on her own in the heat and torrential rain we’d been having,” said Kathy Bieniek, vice-president of Saving Sage Animal Rescue. “She was in bad shape with liver and kidney issues and we had to put her on IV fluids. But with a lot of loving care, she made it.”
And when Raymond saw Lily for the first time in months, he was so happy he burst into tears. “What a glorious occasion. Really, it’s a miracle…She is my world. There was no greater moment for me than being able to hold her again,” he said. “He and that cat have such a strong bond — he’s never going to let her out of his sight again,” Bieniek added. “It was a very happy day.”
Watch the entire video below to see the emotional moment this man is reunited with his blind and deaf cat.
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[Featured image: Saving Sage Animal Rescue Foundation/Pet Express Animal Hospital]