Refugee Cat Reunited with His Family

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Image source: Amy Shrodes/TheDodo
Image source: Amy Shrodes/TheDodo

A family and their cat were separated during their trip from Iraq to Greece. Thanks to the dedicated work of Ashley Anderson, the cat and family are now back together.

Refugee families are currently fleeing the wars in Iraq and are traveling to Greece by boat. The trip is expensive, and the families come only with what they have on their backs. One family likely paid for a seat on the boat for their cat, but upon landing, the frightened cat jumped out of the boat and ran away. Despite searching for hours, the family couldn’t find the cat and were forced to move along due to fears of the borders closing.

Luckily for everyone involved, Anderson happened to frequent a local cafe where, three weeks later, the lost cat turned up again. Anderson, an American, had traveled to Greece to assist the many immigrants coming ashore. She made it her mission to reunite the cat with his family. Anderson took the cat to the vet where he was neutered, got his shots, and even got a passport. She also created a social media campaign in hopes of locating the cat’s family while the cat stayed with a foster family.

Image source: TheDodo
Image source: TheDodo

Months went by with no progress in the search, but then Anderson was contacted by the cat’s family. The family’s neighbor had helped them contact Anderson on Facebook, and they were even able to reunite with the cat via Skype. The cat, whose name is Kunkush, boarded a plane to reunite with his family where they had  set up residence in Norway.

Sometimes even the most hopeless looking situations turn out with a positive outcome. Though the family and Kunkush have lost their homes and were forced to relocate to Europe, they are lucky enough to have been reunited despite the most challenging circumstances.

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