Two families know the same cat by two different names, but he's loved the same by both. This is a story of love lost and love found.
Sid was a 7-year old tuxedo cat raised by Jeana in Blackwood, NJ since he was 2 weeks old. Then when the Hurricane hit, Jeana looked high and low for Sid but to no avail. Her worst fears seemed to be realized when days turned to weeks to months to years with no signs of her beloved cat.
More than two years later, the unbelievable happened! Jeana was perusing AWA's Facebook page when a picture caught her eye. Many adoptive families post photos showing the pets they adopted from AWA to show how they're doing now. Although Sid was never in AWA's shelter, his sister, Chloe, had been adopted by Linda who lives in Cherry Hill. She posted the picture of both cats on AWA's Facebook page.
Could this one be her long-lost Sid? Jeana had to find out. She arranged a meeting and sure enough, it was her cat, now named Ansel Catern (after Linda's passion for photographer, Ansel Adams).
"He's very quirky. The way he would walk, the way he would play," she said. "It's the same boy."
The cat had come to Linda through a friend, Denise, who found him in her backyard in Blackwood (not a mile from his home). Linda made efforts to find the cat's owner but when no one turned up, she gradually came to love him as her own.
If you think this is a story of cat and owner being reunited, you would be wrong. When Jeana saw how happy and well-cared for Sid was with his new family, she made the difficult decision to leave him where he was.
"It was really the right thing to do," Jeana said. "Taking him away would have confused him, and it would have been hard for their family, and they are great people."
A grateful Linda said: "This is the best outcome we could have imagined in what has really been a very heartbreaking situation for another family. I'm so happy they are pleased with how we are taking care of their beloved pet."
Story in Philly.com