FUQUAY-VARINA, NC (WTVD) – When Laken Read’s beloved pet cat Muffin went missing in 2016, she was heartbroken and devastated.
“That was my best friend, and I’ve been through a lot just now, so it was just, really, really awful and lonely without her,” Read said. “We had her and one of the other cats for a long time since I was 4 years old. She was my best friend all the time I grew up.”
The Reads had just moved to a new neighborhood in Fuquay-Varina. At the time, Muffin was 16 years old and adapting to the new neighborhood wasn’t easy for the aging cat.
“She had been with us in the new house for a few days and she kept going outside and she was moving very slowly and she just seemed like age had come to her and I was going to grab her and bring her back to the house House because she wasn’t familiar with the area, “Read said. “She had known the other house for 16 years and that was her domain. She was the queen bee of this neighborhood. But I always brought her back into the house when she ran away, and she continued to run into the neighborhood that is behind my parents And one day I went to work and she got out and she never came back. “
To make matters worse, Hurricane Matthew began to hit North Carolina shortly after Muffin was lost. The Read family spent weeks looking for their beloved pet.
“I went out in the pouring rain and called her name just to find her. I was determined to find her,” Read said. “We even went into the neighborhood she went to and knocked on doors and asked people if they saw a cat.”
Despite their best efforts, Muffin was never found, but its owner never gave up hope that she was still alive.
“Everyone kept telling me that she ran away, died, was so old and I refused to believe it,” Read said.
Four years later, Read received a phone call that took her breath away.
“My mom called me while I was at my friend’s house waiting for her to have her new puppy so I wanted to meet a pup and my mom was like, ‘We have a surprise, we have to take you with us somewhere it really mattered. ‘And I was really worried, I had no idea what was going on, “recalled Read. “We went to the vet and I just sit there and have no idea why I was there and then my dad suddenly said, ‘You found muffin!’ And I was in shock for a second. It was me. I just couldn’t believe it. And then I just started crying. I couldn’t stop crying because I was going to get my little girl back. My first cat ever. She had so many people just waiting for her. And when she came out I was just amazed. She’s my baby. “
It turned out that Muffin lived a few miles away in a neighborhood the Reads had checked after her disappearance. It was the same neighborhood Muffin kept running into when she got out. Read said a family who believed they were a stray began to feed them along with others in the neighborhood. Muffin became an outdoor neighborhood cat. When the new family believed Muffin might be having seizures, they took her to the vet, where their microchip was discovered, and arranged for the vet to call Muffin’s family.
Muffin is 20 years old and still has some health issues, but she is doing fine at home with the reads and her family is grateful to have more time with her after missing them for four years.
“I’m so grateful for that,” said Read. “I’m just so happy because she needs me right now. She is not in the best of health, but in almost the week that we had her, she has improved immensely, so she’s still fighting and she is. There is we just have more time to make up for the missed time. “
Read the hopes by sharing their happy ending to find their missing pet. It will inspire all pet owners to think about microchips.
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