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Cat reunited with owner after 3 years

Missing McGee back at home.

By Vetstreet Feb 5, 2013 3:35PM

When her fluffy, gray 2-year-old cat disappeared from her Long Island, N.Y., home three years ago, Charlene Lanigan searched everywhere for him, posting signs and wandering nearby streets shaking a container of food. But she wasn’t prepared to get a phone call from the East Islip animal shelter recently saying that the cat had been found.

Photo: My Fox New York / McGee quickly made himself comfortable at home after being missing for three years.A local resident had seen McGee hanging around his yard for the last month, and when the weather started getting colder, he brought him to the shelter to have him checked for a microchip. Now, he’s back home with Lanigan.

“I just said to him this morning, ‘why can’t you tell me where you were?’ I just missed him so much,” said Lanigan.

McGee’s vet believes he must have been taken in by someone else because he’s in perfect health.

— Watch it at My Fox New York

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Photo: My Fox New York / McGee quickly made himself comfortable at home after being missing for three years.

Feb 11, 2013 12:56PM
Thank you dryanbtv. I love all pets but I'm a dog lover mostly. My son & husband have allergies and therefore were never interested in cats.  I volunteer at the Humane Society in Shelby, N.C. ( a town of 100,000 in Cleveland Co. NC) and they work closely with the Animal Shelter here in town.  My statement that most animals can't take care of themselves are true.  I see animals everyday come in that are starving, bruised up, filthy. Maybe I should have said the owners can't take care of their animals. They drop them off on side roads, beat them, chain them up, I've seen it all.  My story was about my dog  being gone for 6 weeks.  Actually my neighbor opened the gate and let him out and we got it on tape. He was just a mean neighbor. One of those that beat their dogs and don't feed or take care of them. My sheltie did pretty good though, don't you think.  He was one of the lucky ones.  Evidently some of the people who write responses are very mean spirited. You take a wonderful story about a cat being found after so long and turn it into meanness.  Stupid is as stupid does, rings true everytime.
Feb 10, 2013 9:08PM

This message is for Hollywood.  You are a ****!  Typing fast, not writing a letter.  You didn't comment about the cat story or that you had a pet that was lost.  Who is the stupid one. YOU are!

Feb 10, 2013 5:02PM
Another promo story for the "chip".  In a few years we will be getting dramatic stories about the benefits of chipping your children. 
Feb 10, 2013 4:38PM
Would you beleive, there are idiots out there who catch stray cats, pay to have them spayed/neutered, then release them back out into the world.  Is it just me or is that cruel?
Feb 10, 2013 4:33PM
My cats swat ANY food out of my hands. I think I may have spoiled them...
Feb 10, 2013 4:21PM
Big whoop... same thing happened to my Maine Coon but our story didn't make MSN.com front page news :P
Feb 10, 2013 2:45PM
I think this is wonderful.  Should ever one of my indoor cats get loose, I hope there's a "good samaritan" out there who will take him in until he's ready to return home. :)
Feb 10, 2013 11:54AM
great ending-i miss my cat Jack-went to the rainbow bridge 2 years ago
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