[Vision2020] Caturday (February 29, 2020)

Moscow Cares moscowcares at moscow.com
Sat Feb 29 05:31:24 PST 2020

"He's so special to me, and everyone was like 'you can just get another cat,' and 'I'm like I can't. There's no way I can replace him'". Lost cat travels 2,300 miles, finds his way home just in time for Caturday, Leap Day Edition.

Courtesy of Clarksville Now (Clarksville, Tennessee) at:



Lost cat travels 2,300 miles, finds his way home with help of Clarksville Facebook group

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (CLARKSVILLENOW) – Anne Shackelford was heartbroken when her beloved cat, Riley, went missing prior to her move from Clarksville, TN to Seattle, WA. Thanks to a group of animal advocates in the Clarksville community, after nearly a year apart, Shackelford was reunited with her fur baby earlier this month.
On February 13, 2020, Shackelford made another attempt to find her lost cat on the Facebook Group Lost and Found Pets of Clarksville Tennessee  Riley the cat originally went missing in February 2019, when the cat was seen climbing out of the doggy door of her Clarksville home.
After months of searching, there was no sign of the cat. To complicate things further, Anne had just accepted a new job in Seattle, WA and was preparing to move across the country. Still, she never lost hope in finding Riley.
“He’s so special to me, and everyone was like ‘you can just get another cat,’ and ‘I’m like I can’t. There’s no way I can replace him,’” Shackelford said.
Desperate to locate Riley, Anne took to a Facebook group, Lost and Found Pets of Clarksville Tennessee, to engage the nearly 22,000 group members in the search. Anne was hopeful that fellow pet lovers would recognize Riley’s unique markings and could help.
Little did Anne know, but Riley had been found by Jamie Martin and Annie Rodia with Cats M.E.O.W TNR a local all-volunteer catch-and-release service in Montgomery County that neuters stray cats and releases them back into the community to help control the stray population.
One night in early February, almost a year after Riley disappeared through the doggy door, Anne was scrolling through old posts on the Facebook group when she saw a picture of Cats M.E.O.W TNR, capturing a cat that looked just like Riley.
“I scrolled through their Facebook and I found a screenshot of them capturing my Riley, and I sent it to them,” Shackelford said, “And from there it was history!” 
Anne reached out directly with pictures of Riley to confirm they were a match. With the assistance of several Clarksville residents, Riley then made the 2,300 mile trip to Seattle to be reunited with Anne.
“We are a community team”, said Linda Smith, administrator of the Clarksville Lost and Found Pets Facebook Group. “We have a group of over 21,000 area residents, partnerships with animal control and area rescues, all committed to reuniting lost pets with their families. We’re amazed that Anne and Riley found each other after a year apart. Thank you to our followers, our partners at Cats M.E.O.W. TNR, and all those that had a hand in reuniting this family.”


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Caturday” by Linus Petit

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