A woman never gave up hope even after almost two years of searching for her beloved cat. Yesterday she finally reunited with her best friend of 12 years.
Iris Samaniego’s cat, Diego, had gone missing since June 2015. The flame-point Siamese has been with her faithful companion for 12 years.
Diego, the indoor cat went missing after he sneaked out through the garage while Iris’ father was visiting. “I posted signs everywhere for over a year,” said Iris.
Everyone thought he was gone forever when there was no signs of Diego except Iris, who refused to give up hope.
“I was at work and in between patients, I’m a vet tech, something told me to look on animal friends of the valley website which is odd for me.”
She was searching on the site when a very familiar face showed up. “I saw his picture and left work as fast I could.”
When Iris and her sister, Crystal Sanmann, saw the cat at the shelter, they knew right away it was him.
“The moment I saw him I felt indescribable joy, I felt peace and overwhelmed because I knew he wasn’t dead. My intuition always told me he was alive,” said Iris.
Even when friends and family counseled her to let go, she never wavered and continued her search for Diego.
The two inseparable friends before Diego went missing.
“Never give up on finding your animals. This is the best Christmas present she could have received,” Crystal said.
Diego is definitely grateful to be back in his loving home. “He was stressed at the shelter but once we got him he is totally back to his old self.”
Iris’ also have children who grew up with Diego. When they returned from school, they were equally surprised to see who returned.
“After almost two long years I found my 13 year old cat! I can’t tell you how much joy this has brought our family,” Iris said.
Since the day Diego went missing, she never had a thought of giving up. “I found him! The kids literally cried with joy.”
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