By JOHN McBRYDEAs someone who once worked in an animal hospital, Anna Kobus knew the odds were not in favor of her missing cat. But on Thursday at the Williamson County Animal Adoption and Control Center in Franklin, her “Tiger” had beaten the odds.
As someone who once worked in an animal hospital, Anna Kobus knew the odds were not in favor of her missing cat.
But on Thursday at the Williamson County Animal Adoption and Control Center in Franklin, her “Tiger” had beaten the odds. After being on the lam for about four months, the adventurous feline was finally reunited with his unbelieving owner.
“I just started bawling because I thought he had died,” said Kobus, who had given up hope of finding Tiger after he had disappeared from her Franklin home April 5. “I guess the best way to describe it was that I was pleasantly shocked.”
|Anna and Jason Kobus with their baby daughter|
Tiger had been turned in to the shelter in early July, and was actually placed for adoption because his “lost” status had been outdated. However, Marci Adams, a longtime staff person at the shelter, thought the cat looked familiar from some photos of missing animals she had kept.
“I had put some old pictures in the recycling bin, and one day I was tending to some of our sick cats,” Adams said. “Tiger was with that group, and it hit me then that he may be one of those from the pictures I had recycled. And sure enough, it was.
“I don’t know if it was God or karma or what, but everything fell into place. So many factors in this could have made this not happen.”
Tiger went missing during a spring storm that brought high winds and hail. Kobus and her husband, Jason Kobus, and their 8-month-old daughter have been living with Anna’s parents in the Fieldstone Farms neighborhood since their home in Columbia had been flooded in 2010 and again in 2011. Kobus immediately created posters with Tiger’s photo and information to distribute to a variety of places.
“I had all these thoughts running through my head about what could have happened to him,” Kobus said, “and I kept having dreams about him.
“I used to be a vet tech at Franklin Road Animal hospital, and when you’ve been in the business for a while, you know the statistics (about missing pets). When you lose a cat and they’ve been gone a while, you don’t normally see them again.”
Tiger was the exception, of course. He had made his way over to the Cottonwood subdivision, where a resident had found him and turned him in to the shelter. He has been reunited not only with his owners but also with three cats and three dogs in the household.
And in one sense, Kobus said, Tiger’s adventure may have done him some good health-wise.
“When he disappeared, he was quite the chunk at 13 or 14 pounds,” she said. “He is now quite a bit thinner, around eight or nine pounds, which is actually where he needs to be.”
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