A Great Outcome

I’ve been wanting to share this story for weeks now.

Our grand-cat, Jerome, disappeared. He’d gone for his usual short walk in his Seattle neighborhood, but didn’t return home. Our daughter and son-in-law were — as pet-lovers everywhere can imagine — deeply distressed.

I could hear the worry in their voices, even as they tried to be calm.

Blog Photo - Jerome sitting

Two days passed. No Jerome.


They searched every nook and cranny in their new neighborhood and beyond. They posted notices, knocked on neighbours’ doors, and prayed.

Relatives in Toronto, New York, Texas, and everywhere, were also distressed. Jerome and his brother, Simon, are loved by us all. The news spread fast, as did the anxiety.

Four days passed. No Jerome.


“Mom”, as everyone calls my mother-in-law, prayed. She made us all smile when she revealed that she had even called the American prayer line “Unity” with a prayer request.

“This poor cat was moved from Toronto and moved again to a new home just a few months ago,” she told the person who answered. “And now he’s lost.”

Blog Photo - Jerome1

“Could you give me the new address?” the lady asked sympathetically.

“I can’t remember it right now,” Mom replied. “I’m a bit upset.”

The lady soothed her and they prayed together.

Five days passed, then six. No Jerome.


The following morning, just before 5 a.m. (just before 2 a.m. Seattle time) our daughter texted the family to say Jerome was found.

Blog Photo - Jerome back safe and sound

Good Samaritan “Abe” lives several busy intersections away from Jerome’s neighborhood. He was out for a late-night smoke and saw Jerome. Concerned, he got close enough to read the contact information on Jerome’s collar and phoned.

It was such good news for our daughter and son-in-law and for the whole family.

We’re very thankful Jerome’s back home. Bless you, Abe.

Blog Photo - Jerome on Pizza Box




Filed under A Good Home, Pets

31 responses to “A Great Outcome

  1. Great story and as a pet lover – cats in particular- and a constant mover I’m so happy with the outcome!!

  2. I love happy endings. Thanks for sharing this, Cynthia, and thanks for giving us a reason to smile. 🙂
    Blessings ~ Wendy

  3. The kindness of strangers….priceless.

  4. So glad your grand-cat was found! As a cat lover I can understand the anxiety of a lost kitty. Those toms seem to want to roam a bit even if they are fixed. He looks like one we used to have. Love the photos!

  5. Yay – love a happy ending and Jerome looks like a sweetie!

  6. Yay, I sympathize with you all. Six days are way too long worrying. Jerome looks to be a great cat. Thank Abe. One of my greyhounds got out after a storm blew our gate open. He was found a few hours later, smelling railroad tracks near our house.

  7. Murtagh's Meadow

    So glad to hear he is home safe and sound – looks like a lovely cat:)

  8. We once had a cat that looked just like Jerome but his name was Fudgy.
    Glad he got home safe.

  9. I love happy endings! I’m happy Jerome is safe.

  10. I’m so glad Jerome is home. I know the heartache minutely. x

  11. I am so happy for a good ending. I had a cat that was lost for 19 days and had just moved in with someone else.

  12. Glad to hear Jerome is home now, safe and sound! What a wonderful outcome!

  13. Oh, I just love the Abes of the world! I am so happy for your happy ending. We were able to do similar for a cat owner a few years ago–and it was so rewarding:).

  14. Cats sometimes move house. Just pick up and leave. I was thinking Jerome may have done that, but I’m glad he’s back safe and sound where he belongs. Thanks for a story with a happy ending.

  15. so happy to hear Jerome is home now, Such positive and happy story!

  16. Laurie Graves


  17. Good news. I hope you are mending well

  18. Glad to hear this was good news, after your struggles of late! Jerome looks a great deal like my dear Zack–I know how I’d feel if he went missing . . .

  19. I am so glad Jerome was found. I have had a number of cats over the years and one night of them not coming home was stressful enough.

  20. What a great story and Unity is a blessing here for sure!!! Glad Jerome is home safe and sound. These animals keep us on our toes and closer in our Faith lol

  21. Kev

    Beautiful cats… I completely understand daughter and son-in-law’s reactions. We lost a cat who never returned and tried everything. Now we get deeply distressed if either of our cats as much as stray from their usual mealtime routines while they are out. Most the time they pop in and out using the cat flap for this. If neither of us see them at a meal time and there’s no evidence of food being eaten for several hours, we start to worry and go out calling for them.

  22. Oh I’m so glad Jerome is home safe and sound and thank goodness for Abe. I’ll be that Jerome could tell some tales about his little adventure.

  23. Hooray for Abe! I was fortunate that none of the cats I had ever went missing. Some of my parents cats did go missing and quite a few never came back. Jerome looks a beautiful ginger tom!

  24. A good neighbor. – Oscar
    P.S. Love the painting behind the cats in the 1st photo.

  25. Cynthia, I’m glad the title of this post sunk in before I read it, otherwise I’d have been terribly distressed. Losing a beloved animal companion is heart-wrenching, regardless the reason. I hope Jerome had a lovely adventure. If only he could speak … 🙂 xx

  26. Oh I’m so pleased that he is home .. how distressing it must have been! Such a lovely kitty safe and sound 😃

  27. So glad he was found! It is always so distressing to be missing one’s pet. Those five days must have been so difficult! But Yippie!!

  28. I am very glad that Jerome was found and returned home – he was very lucky. I (of course) have a solution for that which is a win-win for everyone – let the cats be happy indoor kitties. No getting lost or any of the other frightening things that can befall outdoor wanderers and a consistently unworried cat mom and dad. 🙂

  29. What a beautiful boy. I’m very glad he found his way home again.



  30. This really made my morning. There are good people out in the world, and knowing that sure adds a lot more happiness and positive thoughts! Happy this turned out well. 🙂

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