Humane Society of the Treasure Coast
It's a micro-chipping miracle! In 2004, Perry Martin, a retired K9 officer in Fort Pierce, Florida, filed a missing cat report with the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast (HSTC) in Palm City. Martin, who was worried sick about his orange tabby cat, Thomas Jr. — T2 for short — gathered his neighbors together and commenced a search party in hopes of finding the kitten alive and safe. Sadly, Martin never found his sweet T2.
But a few weeks ago, Martin received a surprising call from the Palm City Shelter. They'd miraculously found his long-lost pet thanks to a quick microchip scan. Somehow, little T2 had survived Hurricane Jeanne, one of the deadliest hurricanes in Florida and lived to meow the tale 14 years later.
“I couldn’t believe it,” Martin said in a press release. “I had to physically touch him before I could believe it."
Reunited and it feels so good. (Photo Credit: HSTC)
In an interview with WPTV, Martin said he thought T2 had passed years ago.
"They said, 'Perry, what would you do if we told you that T2 was alive?' And I said, 'I'd probably tell you you're crazy because he died a long, long time ago!'" Martin exclaimed. "My vet even listed him as deceased."
Martin adopted T2 when he was just two years old back in 2002. The thought of leaving a poor defenseless kitten on the streets was almost too much for Martin to bare, so he decided to give T2 the forever home he deserved. T2 lived two happy years with Martin before he disappeared during Hurricane Jeanne in 2004. That would make him 18 years old today.
T2 in 2002. (Photo Credit: Perry Martin)
“As soon as I looked at that face, I knew exactly who he was. A little bit older, kind of like me!" Martin said.
Despite T2's age and the lack of pep in his step, Martin is still over the moon now that his beloved cat is back in his life. We hope a little tender love and care will help the tabby get back on his feet — and that these two can pick up right where they left off.