Hannah Rountree, age 15, had been volunteering at her local pet shelter Saving Grace Pet Adoption for a few days when she was reunited with her lost cat, Spunky. The house cat had disappeared three years earlier when her family was on a vacation, leaving Spunky behind in their Roseburg, Oregon, home, according to Good News Network. Though Hannah and her family were very distressed by Spunky’s disappearance, they’d made their peace with the idea that the cat had found another or life.
“He was my first cat and the first thing I bonded with as a child, so it was really hard; I cried a lot,” Hannah told NBC News affiliate KMTR.
But when she saw her cat at Saving Grace, that idea was blown out of the water. “I was like, is that my cat? It literally looks so much like Spunky,” she said.
The director of Saving Grace, Wendy Kang says the adoption center only knows part of Spunky’s story. The kitty was picked up on the side of the road in early September, renamed Bear, then adopted out to another family, only to be returned soon after Bear would not mouse. This picky kitty knew it was time to come home to Hannah.
“That’s how I got him,” she said. “It was just fate, I feel like.”
No one knows what the cat got up to before he was found on the road in Winchester, but he’s apparently settling right back into his old life. Hannah claims he seems very familiar with his old surroundings and happy to be there, saying, “I knew he would just perk up and remember.”
“It’s just perfect that she was able to find her pet while helping us,” said Kang, adding that the best way to find lost pets is making sure they’re microchipped with up to date information. Spunky has now gotten his. Those wandering days are over.