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Those of us who save cats all have some pretty interesting stories. But Margaret Kudzma and her kitten Mini Max have a very special specimen!
Her story begins six years ago, on August 5, 2015, when Margaret was giving medication to a sick kitten she was caring for. When she heard a noise in the bedroom of the apartment they called home, she went to see what was going on. She discovered an open window with a missing screen.
A tour of her home became a worrying reality: Mini Max had disappeared.
We don’t know if Max just pushed the screen out or if the screen just popped out. But it was definitely a traumatic experience for Margaret.
“I went into panic mode,” Kudzma tells People.
But Mini Max had also started his own life on the street. Kudzma had found the four-month-old kittens, all of whom were born under a building in her home in Peabody, Massachusetts. She took them home and nursed them back to health. The bond she shared with them was special, but Mini Max was different.
“He’s such a gentle and loving cat,” said Kudzma of her cute kitten. “I loved him so much.”
Margaret set out to find him – and saved hundreds of other cats in the process.
She did all of what a hectic family usually does when looking for a lost furbaby. Margaret posted missing cat flyers in her neighborhood, searched her neighbors’ gardens door-to-door, and posted them online. She even set up a night vision camera and worked with a local animal detective who used a search dog to find lost pets.
But unfortunately it was all in vain.
“He’s gone,” she says. “He was nowhere to be found.”
Her grooming and trapping kept her busy while she found a home for the cats she encountered. But in some ways this was still a sad situation that got worse for her with each new cat. After all, at the end of the day there wasn’t a Mini Max to play with.
But fate intervenes again.
Max is chipped, so they kept hoping that he would be discovered and his chip scanned. And on July 19, 2021, almost six years after the fluffy cat disappeared, Margaret received the call she had been waiting for.
Your boy came home.
Six years after his disappearance, a very hungry Mini Max showed up at a house in Revere near Kudzma’s house in Peabody. The caring homeowners had given the starving cat a meal. The next morning they took him to the vet, who immediately contacted Kudzma after scanning the cat. This SHOULD be standard practice when taking a stray cat to a veterinarian. And responsible owners should always update their contact information with the microchip company.
Mama and Furkid were reunited the next day.
“I felt relieved and so happy,” says Margaret. “I’m so glad he’s home.”“It’s a miracle,” she says. “It’s like a dream come true. I want to make sure he’s happy and the rest of his life is good. “
Would a “Welcome Home BOX” have been better? *Wink, wink*
Photos by Margaret Kudzma / The Rescue Business / Facebook
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