Cat Lost for 14 Years Reunites with Family

Stars aligned for Ralph the cat and his family when the feline was brought back to his home after more than a decade away.

By Erika Sorocco | Posted: October 28, 2015, 12 p.m. EST

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Via KCCI Des Moines

Fourteen years ago, a cat named Ralph disappeared without a trace from his Des Moines home, leaving his family devastated. Today, after a chance finding by an animal control officer, Ralph has been reunited with his family.

Rita Korn adopted Ralph when he was a kitten in 1998 as a gift for her then 8-year-old daughter, Jill Petticord. Ralph was microchipped as per the Animal Rescue League (ARL) protocol before heading home with his new family.

For three years Jill was in pure bliss with Ralph by her side.

"She carried him around. She did absolutely everything with Ralph," Rita Korn told KCCI about the bond between the kitten and Jill.

But bliss turned to heartache when Ralph went missing.

"It was never a possibility that I was ever going to see my cat again," said Jill. "I had a German Shepard and a cat, but none of them were Ralph."

Recently, Ralph was picked up as a stray by an animal control officer, who turned him over to ARL. Employees scanned Ralph for a microchip, contacting Rita and Jill when one was found. One complication, however, stood in the way: the phone number on the chip was out of service.

Pressing on, ARL workers sent a letter to the address on file. As luck would have it, the address was connected to a business, and an employee there was able to get in touch with Rita, who found herself in a state of shock. After all, the family hadn’t had a feline companion for 14-years, since Ralph’s disappearance – a fact Rita quickly explained to ARL employees. Regardless, she and Jill headed down to ARL for a looksee and low and behold, it was Ralph!

According to the family, when they entered the room, Ralph turned his head to look at them, and his eyes came to life. ARL employees believe that Ralph was taken in by an unidentified stranger who kept him as his own. He is now home with his family, who are nursing the beloved cat back to health.

"I am just glad that he gets to finish out his life with me and not somewhere out on the streets and I can make sure that he has a good ending to his life," said Jill.
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Michele    International

10/28/2015 11:34:07 PM

I cannot imagine the joy this reunion has brought. If I ever lost any of mine I would be so broken hearted the not knowing is worse than knowing. I am so happy for Ralph & his family, he looks like he hasn't had a very good life, his eyes look so sad. I hope he get treated royally for the rest of his days & gets the love he may have not gotten for many years.

Margaert    International

10/28/2015 4:27:02 PM

My cat, Misty went missing about 2 years ago and looked similar to Ralph. I thought he had been found a few weeks ago, but it wasn't him. This story gives me hope. I am so happy for this family and especially for Ralph. He deserves to be back with his family.

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