Woman Reunited With Cat Who Disappeared More Than 10 Years Ago

Someone's been taking good care of Phoenix for a decade.

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Krista hugs her cat Phoenix, a cat who disappeared more than 10 years ago. Via
Krista hugs her cat Phoenix, a cat who disappeared more than 10 years ago. Via Krista Sylvester/Global News Canada
John Virata

What would you do if you got a call from someone saying that a pet you lost more than 10 years ago was found and you needed to come pick it up?

A woman in Calgary, Canada, was initially perplexed when she got such a call from someone at veterinary clinic who told her they had her cat.

“I was actually in Ontario for the last nine days and I had just got off the plane, and within an hour the vet called me – they left a message because I was doing laundry – and they said they had my cat,” Krista Sylvester told Global News Canada.

Sylvester initially didn’t put two and two together when she got the call. Her two cats were with her, so how could the vet have her cat? It was only when the vet told her that they identified her as the owner of a black and white cat via a tattoo the cat received after it was neutered back in 2003, did she realize it was her cat.

It was Phoenix who was being described to Sylvester, a cat who ran away or got lost when she was living in a different part of the city.

Phoenix went missing more than 10 years ago. Via Krista Sylvester/Global News Canada

Phoenix went missing more than 10 years ago. Via Krista Sylvester/Global News Canada

“I was kind of confused,” she told Global News Canada. “That guy ran away or got lost in probably 2004 or 2005.”

Sylvester was ready to give the cat, who the vet said was well fed and well taken care of, back to whomever was caring for him for the last 12 years, but a call to the humane society changed that plan.

“I called the humane society and basically, according to them, I’m the last legal owner so they said it’s my responsibility,” Sylvester told Global News Canada.

“I want to keep him if it works out,” she said. “But at the same time, if someone recognizes him and they raised him, for the last 10 years, then they can let me know and we can work it out.”

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