The Best Christmas Present Ever: Missing Cat Returns Home after 4 Months

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Meep, with Hopatcong, NJ Animal Control Officer Dale Sloat


Meep went missing from his Hopatcong, NJ home one night last August after he escaped from the house and got spooked when his guardian April Demeester took out the trash. April searched the neighborhood and reached out online at local news sites and on Facebook, but her cat was not found.

April Demeester and he husband moved to another home a half mile away about a month later. The couple returned to their old home repeatedly and had neighbors keeping an eye out for the missing cat, in case he reappeared.

Hopatcong Animal Control Officer Dale Sloat received a call this morning from a resident on Tulsa Trail, a block over from the Demeesters’ former home. A cat had come into the resident’s yard and was stuck, with his collar caught on a branch. The cat had injured himself trying to get free, and had a laceration under a front leg from his struggles.

Officer Sloat took the cat, who was found to have a microchip in a routine scan. The cat was revealed to be Meep, and he was reunited with April today.

April is overjoyed to have Meep back. When Officer Sloat spoke to the very ecstatic owner, she said, “This is the best Christmas present anyone has ever given me.”

Meep is a bit thinner now but appears to be otherwise okay. He will see the vet for his injury and for a wellness check.



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