When you’re a pet parent, there isn’t much more terrifying than returning home to find your beloved companion has vanished without a trace.
That’s exactly what happened to Iris Samaniego when Diego, the cat she loved for 12 years, slipped through a crack in the fence and ran away from her home in June 2015. Distraught by the beloved flame-point Siamese’s disappearance, Samaniego posted signs around her neighborhood for over a year without any leads. Then one day, she was struck with an idea.
“I was at work and in between patients, I’m a vet tech, something told me to look on animal friends of the valley website which is odd for me,” Iris told LoveMeow.
It turned out her little hunch happened for good reason. “I saw his picture and left work as fast I could,” she said.
Iris and her sister Crystal said they knew it was Diego as soon as they saw him at the shelter. “The moment I saw him I felt indescribable joy, I felt peace and overwhelmed because I knew he wasn’t dead. My intuition always told me he was alive,” said Iris.
Although many friends and family told Iris to let go of Diego, she knew in her heart that their 12-year-old love story wasn’t over. “Never give up on finding your animals. This is the best Christmas present she could have received,” Crystal said after their touching reunion in December 2016
“After almost two long years I found my 13-year-old cat! I can’t tell you how much joy this has brought our family,” Iris told LoveMeow of how she never gave up hope of finding her best friend. “I found him! The kids literally cried with joy.”
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[Featured Image: Facebook / Crystal Sanmann]