Five years after wandering away in Hurricane Katrina's aftermath, a gray and white cat named Scrub has been reunited with his Mississippi family
The 7-year-old cat was brought to the shelter by a woman living 15 miles away who'd fed him as a stray the past couple of months but worried about his safety during a cold snap. The Humane Society of South Mississippi said Scrub was identified by an implanted microchip.
Scrub's owner, Jennifer Noble, told The Sun Herald newspaper she was skeptical at first when she received a call from the shelter. But by the end of the first night back, Scrub had snuggled in bed with one of her boys.
Noble told the Sun Herald that Scrub had been a gift from her husband, Chris, and prior to Katrina, he was an indoor cat. That changed with the chaos caused by Katrina and the loss of air conditioning.
“We tried to keep him in a room but it was so miserably hot,” she told the paper. So she started letting him roam outside."The scenery was changing every day,” she told the Sun Herald. “I honestly think he got disoriented; that he just couldn’t find this way back. If he could talk, I’m sure he has quite a story to tell us.”