Lacking cat returns dwelling after 6 years, comforts New York nurse battling COVID-19

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by: Mary Wilson and Nexstar Media Wire

Posted: Jan 9, 2021 / 10:50 AM PSTUpdated: Jan 9, 2021 / 10:50 AM PST

CANADAIGIA, NY (WTEN) – A cat missing for six years arrives home just in time to comfort its owner, a nurse battling COVID-19.

“This is Charlie, he’s about 10 years old,” said Ashley Orians as she cuddled her orange tabby cat.

They spent six years apart, but the bond between her and Charlie is stronger than ever. Their paths first crossed in 2010.

“I found him on my college campus as a tiny little kitten with a broken tail,” said Ashley.

She saved Charlie, and now it’s his turn to comfort his owner as she recovers from COVID-19.

Charlie disappeared in February 2015 while Ashley lived near Charleston, SC. She walked the streets putting up leaflets and never stopped looking even when she moved back to New York state.

“It was like the thousands of orange cats I asked about and none of them had broken tails,” she said.

Perseverance has paid off. She spotted an orange tabby on a missing pets Facebook page that happened to have this unique trait, a broken tail.

Apparently the curious cat had lived in front of a dental office all those years. The staff kept him well fed and the patients kept looking for the friendly cat, which they called simply “Orange Kitty”.

But how do you get Charlie 900 miles from South Carolina to New York while Ashley was quarantined? Michael Morgan and his pet transportation business entered.

“It was certainly an honor for my company to be part of this reunion,” said Morgan. “I was blown away that they were actually able to find the cat and give it back to her.”

Charlie’s return was a positive end to a particularly difficult year for Ashley, whose two other cats passed away in 2020.

“I just can’t even tell how excited I am that he’s back and what a great start to 2021, I couldn’t have asked for better,” said Ashley.

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