PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A Vancouver family celebrated the return of a beloved cat, weeks after it was taken off their porch.
Home surveillance caught a teen taking the cat from the porch in early June. The teen later told authorities that he let the cat go not far from the home but the cat never returned.
The non-profit organization I Paw’d It Forward worked to help find Jack and return him to his owners. The group said that Jack was living in a field about a mile away from his home and was being fed by a homeless camper who recognized the missing feline from a flier and contacted I Paw’d It Forward.
The organization used a live trap to catch Jack and returned him to his overjoyed family.
“It’s indescribable when you get to reunite pets with their families, there is not another feeling like it,” said I Paw’d It Forward President Keri-Lyn Jakubs.
Friday marked Jack’s second day back home. His owners, Nora and Reid Syverson, told KOIN 6 News the feline needed a flea bath and a check-up at the vet but he was slowly starting to relax.
Nora said Jack lost a lot of weight during his time away from home but she’s just grateful to have him back.
“It feels like a dream come true to have him home,” she said. “I honestly didn’t even expect to see him again, he’d been gone so long. There had been such a big search effort for him and no sightings until this week.”
The teen who took Jack may face charges for the theft.
I Paw’d It Forward said a diversion program is also being recommended for the teen and Jack’s owners plan to write a victim statement to present to prosecutors.
A GoFundMe page raised more than $3,300 in 8 hours for the woman who was feeding Jack since early July.