When a pet goes missing for a long period of time, it’s easy to give up hope. But Claudia Arnold never gave up hope that her cat Cursor would one day return.
Her cat went missing when she was just two years old.
Meanwhile, mom Kara Arnold immediately put up missing cat posters in the neighborhood and posted on Facebook for months, even years, after the beloved family cat disappeared.
Little Claudia cried about her missing cat for a long time.
Every time Cursor would come up in conversation, she would get sad again.
Kara continued her Facebook posts for three years. Her last post was in June.
By August, in the third year of Cursor’s disappearance, someone from the Nanaimo SPCA reached out to Kara saying they just got a cat that looked like Cursor.
“I wasn’t sure from the picture because it was kind of a weird angle,” Arnold said. “But then she posted a video of him at the SPCA and I was like ‘that is our cat.’”
Kara wanted to surprise Claudia with Cursor’s homecoming so she brought her to the SPCA.
“I didn’t want her to be disappointed if it wasn’t him before we knew for sure,” she said.
The SPCA decided to video Claudia’s meeting with the cat just in case.
When Claudia arrived at the shelter, the shelter staff asked her if she liked kitties and what kind.
The girl was then asked if she liked calico cats, and Claudia told them that she used to have a calico.
“Does it look like this?” the shelter employee asked before pulling out Cursor.
Despite how young Claudia was when she lost Cursor and despite how long it had been since she had last seen him, she immediately recognized her old pal.
Claudia gasped and held her hand to her mouth.
She had a big smile on her face when she went in for a big hug.
“I missed you so much Cursor,” Claudia said when she cuddled her cat.
“Thank you for giving my kitty back,” Claudia told the shelter employees.
The SPCA was more than happy to reunite Claudia and Cursor.
“It’s so nice to see the smile on a little girl’s face,” SPCA branch manager Leon Davishe told Nanaimo News Bulletin. “This can be a tough job emotionally sometimes, but it is these little glimmers of hope and hope in a child’s face that makes it all worthwhile.”
They asked Claudia how long it had been since she last saw Cursor. She told them about 8 months.
“I love you Cursor,” she told her kitty before thanking the staff again.
But that’s just what she thought. It had actually been three whole years. Cursor was only at the SPCA for a short time before he was reunited with his family. He was found near the Westwood Lake area. Where he was for those three years is anyone’s guess.
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