FORT PIERCE — A Florida man has been reunited with a cat he lost 14 years ago.
TCPalm.com reports Perry Martin of Fort Pierce said he had assumed his orange tabby named Thomas Jr., or T2 for short, had died in traffic.
Martin moved in with a friend after Hurricane Jeanne clobbered the state in 2004. A few days later, T2 escaped the home and never returned.
Martin had T2 implanted with a microchip in 2002. He never had news of his missing pet until a Martin County Animal Services officer called him March 9 to tell him T2 was in a shelter in Palm City.
Martin said he initially thought the call was "too crazy to believe."
Two weeks before the reunion, the cat had wandered up to a family home in Stuart. Lisa Wadsworth and her two children cleaned up the animal and took it to a veterinarian.
The vet found the cat’s microchip and eventually turned T2, who’s now 18 years old, over to Martin County Animal Control.
Martin, a retired canine officer with the Fort Pierce Police Department, said Thursday, "I’m so happy our story’s out there, especially the information about microchips because it’s so important," he said.
Information from the Stuart News was included in this report.