One day, about two years ago, we had a violent thunderstorm here in Charlotte. Our homebody, gentle soul of a tortoiseshell cat bolted out of the yard.
My daughter, Tracy, and I looked, called all around our streets, walking and driving, five to six times a week for at least six months. We posted pictures all over. Nothing.
A few weeks ago, we got a call from Mecklenburg County Animal Control that Pat and John Rodgers had found Marble and brought her in on Monday to see if she was microchipped.
Within 20 minutes, amid tears, we arrived at Animal Control and met the wonderful couple that found her. She had wandered into their backyard on Friday, April 29, and they let her stay in their workshop. She was dirty, but very friendly and followed them around the yard that weekend.
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Almost everyone at Animal Control was crying during our reunion.
Marble, who had come to us in 2012 when she was just four weeks old, actually remembered us, head-bumping everyone and purring up a storm. We immediately took her to our vet, who found her to be in remarkably good shape. She had only lost half a pound in two years and had no apparent injuries or scars. Not bad for a cat who isn’t streetwise.
Where she was for most of those two years is anyone’s guess, but our Everyday Angels live only a couple of miles from us – just across Providence Road.
Pat and John Rodgers’ neighbor, Ceil Ogden, gave them cat food and told Pat where to get Marble scanned for a chip.
That Monday, my daughter, Tracy, got a call from Animal Control that they had the long-missing Marble.
We think an older person may have taken her in and maybe, when it came time for this person to move from their house, Marble found herself back on the street again.
Since she’s been back home, she has not left my side and is slowly meeting her old cat friends still in our house.
I hope whoever looked after Marble for almost two years reads this and finds out this story has a very happy ending.
Thank you to Marble’s guardian angels – Pat and John Rodgers – for caring and finding out where she belonged.
The lesson for everyone is: Don’t ever give up hope.
And get your pets microchipped.
Sally Coulter, Charlotte
Pat Rodgers says she and her husband aren’t the angels in the story; Ceil Ogden is. Rodgers said, “I didn’t have so much as a can of tuna. Ceil had Fancy Feast cat food and is an animal rescue person. She knew to tell me to go to Animal Control to see if this cat – the smartest, friendliest cat – was chipped. My husband sent emails all over the neighborhood to try to find out who this cat belonged to. And Ceil went door to door with a picture of Marble.
Background from Tracy Coulter: “When Marble disappeared two years ago, she left a very large hole in mom’s and my hearts. Marble was part of a litter of four kittens I adopted from Animal Control when all were being dropped off because the owner didn’t want them.” She named them Rumble, Thimble, Button and Marble. Button has since died, but Marble is now reunited with her siblings and humans.