Missing 5 Years, Cat Finds Home Again Thanks To Rescue Post

Written by: Kelli Brinegar
For more than five years, Kelli Brinegar has been using her ability to write and her passion for research to tell the tale of what cats are thinking and why. She has provided care to more than 30 cats in her lifetime.Read more
| Published on January 18, 2021

When a cat goes missing, you hold out hope your dear one will be home soon. But as days become weeks and eventually months, hope wanes while the heart wonders what has become of your lost cat. After years have passed, though it aches, you accept your cat now resides in your memory with their disappearance left a mystery unsolved.

Kendra Armstrong came to understand such misery when her cat Moose went missing five years ago. She never expected to see her boy again. So, imagine her shock when she saw a familiar face while online perusing the Midcoast Humane Society of Maine‘s adoptable cats.

There was Moose, listed under the name Oldest.

Five years after he’d gone missing, Moose was alive and looking to find his way home thanks to Midcoast.


“It felt like a dream at first, I was so happy,” Kendra told WGME. “I was so excited, not only to know that he was alive, but to get him back, it’s like the craziest thing ever and I never would have expected it.”

But where was Moose all that time?

A Cat’s Journey

Gone missing from his home with Kendra, Moose spent some time out on his own before finding himself at a rescue. There, he was known as Piglet, but when Nick Schroeder adopted the seal-point cat, the name didn’t seem right. And Moose/Piglet became Oldest.

Nick Schroeder/Facebook 

Nick and Oldest were together four years, but a time came when the pair had to separate because of living arrangements. As Nick shared on Facebook, “I’m very grateful to Midcoast Humane for taking care of him, and I hated having to surrender him.”

When Oldest’s picture popped back up on Midcoast’s page a year later, Nick decided, “I was going to readopt him now that my living situation had changed, but I’m overjoyed he’s found someone who knows him. He’s an incredible guy!”

And that someone who knows him was his mom, Kendra!

Nick Schroeder/Facebook 

Now, Moose has made it back to his forever home, and he’s sticking close to Kendra’s side.

As she told Midcoast, “Moose (Oldest) knows he’s finally home and he does NOT want me to leave his sight (I don’t blame him at all because I feel the same way). I am so grateful to have him home with me.”

On his five-year adventure away from home, Moose found caring hearts and dedicated rescue workers to help him along his way. And with destiny guiding him along, Moose found his way home again and now knows the joy of a happy ending.


H/T: www.people.com
Feature Image: @midcoasthumane/Instagram & Nick Schroeder/Facebook