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Nevada couple reunited with missing cat after 5 years and a 1,200 mile trip

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A Nevada couple received their own “miracle” when they were reunited with their lost cat who somehow ended up more than 1,200 miles away in Arkansas.

Cindy and Jeff Hall were devastated when their rescue cat, Sam, a Russian Blue, went missing five years ago while at their former Arizona residence.

“We had him for seven years and then one day he got out,” Cindy told KARK News.

Cindy and Jeff Hall were reunited with their cat, Sam, after he went missing five years ago. PAWSitivelyCats/Facebook
Sam, a Russian Blue, was 7-years-old when he disappeared from his family’s Arizona home. via KARK

Sam, who was adopted at just 12 weeks old, was nowhere to be found, but last month, the Halls received a phone call that he had been picked up at an Arkansas animal shelter, where they called him Luke.

The cat was picked up by two volunteer workers who were transporting dogs and spotted the Russian Blue at a gas station in Brinkley.

“It is a miracle that he walked up to these two women that were in rescue,” Cindy said of the chance encounter.

The volunteers from handed the cat over to the Jacksonville Animal Hospital, where the staff were able to scan his microchip and alert the Pawsitively Cats pet shelter, where the Halls had adopted Sam.

Sam was found more than 1,200 miles away in Arkansas, where he was handed over to the Jacksonville Animal Hospital staff. PAWSitivelyCats/Facebook
The now 12-year-old cat was prepped for his journey back home. PAWSitivelyCats/Facebook

“We contacted his family to find out how Luke wound up being left at that gas station; they were thrilled to know he was alive,” the shelter said in a Facebook post update.

After receiving a bit of pampering, Sam began the long journey back home as volunteers drove him to El Paso before handing him off for the second leg of the trip to Tucson.

The final stretch saw the Russian Blue drive out to Nevada, where he was reunited with his parents.

Cindy was thrilled to be reunited with Sam at her Nevada home. PAWSitivelyCats/Facebook
Cindy says Sam is acting like he never left. via KARK

“When we got him it was surreal,” Cindy Hall told KARK. “It’s such a beautiful story.”

“This story just can’t underestimate the power of a microchip,” she added. “We are so grateful for everyone that was involved.”

Despite now being 12 years old, Sam is behaving the same as ever, the Halls said, with their domestic life finally back to normal.

While it remains unclear how Sam managed to find his way to Arkansas, Cindy said she’s just happy to have him back.

“Having him home makes our family feel complete,” Cindy Hall said. 

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