Anna and Brandon Sanderson and their three pets hurriedly climbed into the bathtub for safety as the terrible tornado of May 22 struck Joplin MO. Their six year old,2o pound Maine Coon Cat Seek was literally caught up in the tornado and carried away from them, and their house was destroyed.
The Sandersons missed their boy and worked diligently to try to find him again in the months that followed. Seek was a member of the family, and the one who Brandon credits with providing comfort and companionship when he battled cancer a few years ago.
Anna posted and searched online lost and found bulletin boards and kept in touch with the Joplin Humane Society. Finally, after 5 months, on October 19 (the news report mistakenly says Nov. 19) the Sanderson’s received the call that brought their boy back to them. Anna says that seek was almost unrecognizable, having gone from 20 pounds to a mere 4 pounds, but his notably long tail was the same, though far less fluffy. When Anna got the call, the possible match for her missing cat was said to have that long tail. Anna says that she had to look closely at Seek’s little face before she could be sure it was really him.
Seek had lost most of his body weight, and was dehydrated upon his return, and, as in so many cases, his family wishes he could tell them what he went through and where’s he’s been.
When the channel 12 news crew visited, the couple shared their feelings for their long lost pet. “Seek means everything to me he’s my oldest and my baby”, said Anna of her beloved cat. “He was there with me the whole time and he just means everything. Without him we just kind of felt empty,” added Brandon.
Here’s seek and his family shortly after their reunion.