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PLATTSBURGH, NY (WCAX) – The start of 2019 has been a difficult one for Mary Castine.
“I have a very rare kidney disease. I lost my right kidney and then my left one was really bad, “explained Castine.
In November, all the more stress went to her favorite cat Tarzan on her way out and into the forest.
“I felt so guilty it was my cat and he got out on top of me,” she said.
Castine never gave up hope that she would find Tarzan. She has regularly posted on a Facebook page devoted to finding lost Adirondack pets.
“I had seen their flyers on Facebook websites regularly,” said Kysa St. Dennis.
Fifteen months later, an orange cat was found on the side of the road in very poor condition. St. Dennis offered to take him in.
“We were able to get him to the vet pretty quickly,” she said.
“I assume he was within a few hours of death,” said veterinarian Dr. Glenn Palmer.
Palmer says it was right to bring the cat in.
St. Dennis posted online about the lost cat and it was quickly revealed that she resembles Tarzan.
“I had matched the images and was immediately positive with some distinctive markings that it was him,” said St. Dennis.
Tarzan spent five days in the intensive care unit at the Palmer Veterinary Clinic fighting for his life, but his doctors say he is now on the mend.
“It didn’t seem like it was going to have any major long-term, persistent effects that it went through, minus scratches and scratches and the like,” Palmer said.
Just weeks earlier, Castine was struggling for health and spent months in North Carolina seeking a kidney transplant.
“I had just got home two weeks when I got the news the night he was found, so it’s the best welcome home present,” she said.
She is grateful for the community that always believes Tarzan would come home and for the help she has received since then – the people in the community have paid Tarzan’s medical bills.
“I can’t thank everyone enough,” said Castine.
Palmer says the best way to see more success stories like this one is to microchip your pets.
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