No matter what time of year it is, happy endings always give us hope and make us feel good. But this is especially true during the holidays. Hannah Rountree is a lover of animals and a teen with a good heart. She decided what better way to give back to our four-legged friends than to to lend her time volunteering. So Hannah recently took it upon herself to give back to animals in need by volunteering at the Saving Grace Pet Adoption Center in Roseburg, Oregon. And you bet she’s glad that she did!
It was only Hannah’s second day of volunteering when something absolutely incredible happened.
You see, three years ago her tuxedo cat named Spunky went missing while her family and her were on vacation. They searched everywhere for Spunky, but he was nowhere to be found.
She came in to that shelter on the second day of volunteering just thinking that she’d be spending time with cats in need of forever homes. Hannah had no idea that in a million years she’d see one very familiar feline face: “I was like, is that my cat? It literally looks so much like Spunky.”
According to the New York Post, the tuxedo cat in question had just been returned to the shelter after first being picked up as a stray off the highway this September. The cat was named Bear and adopted out soon after being taken in by the shelter, by a family who hoped that he’d make for a good mouser around their home. But Bear (*spoiler alert* Spunky) had no interest in being a mouser and was brought back that second day of Hannah’s volunteering shift.
“He was my first cat and the first thing I bonded with as a child, so it was really hard; I cried a lot.”
Call it fate, or destiny, or whatever you will, but this heartwarming reunion just goes to show you that you should never give up hope on finding a lost cat.
The director for Saving Grace, Wendy Kang, couldn’t be happier for this wonderful reunion. “It’s just perfect that she was able to find her pet while helping us,” she said.
As you can see from the touching photos, Spunky was delighted to be reunited with the loving owner who never forgot about him.
Hannah told the local NBC News in Oregon that: “It was just fate, I feel like.”
Now back at home with his original family, it’s as if Spunky’s never missed a beat.“He’s very comfortable,” Hannah says. “I knew he would just perk up and remember.”
Share this ultimate feel good reunion story with someone in your life who you know could use a smile today. And remember, never give up hope when it comes to finding a lost feline!
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