A truck driver can’t stop crying when he reunites with his lost cat. Matthew and Ashes are together again and happy
Trucker Matthew B couldn’t help but cry when he found his beloved cat Ashes again after months of searching.
Matthew and Ashes have been on the road together ever since their paths crossed. The man shares an incredible bond with his 3-year-old gray uncle as they travel across the country together in the comfort of their 18-wheeler.
Ashes were his co-worker and they had never been apart, until last July when they were passing through Springfield, Ohio, and the cat accidentally escaped from the truck while it was parked. Something had startled him and he quickly ran into the bushes.
Trucker reunites with his lost cat
Matthew was devastated and searched every nook and cranny for his best friend.
He drove around the area countless times but to no avail, he was so heartbroken that he had to get back on the road, but he knew he had to get back.
Over the following months, Matthew rearranged his routes several times so that he could return to the same location in search of Ashes. He kept coming back, hoping that was the day he would find it.
One day, Kimberly T. and her friend arrived at the same stop on their way to New York. Just before she got back into her vehicle, something caught her eye. A very skinny and hungry cat came out of a bush looking for attention.
“I was trying not to put my paws on the ground, it was so cold.”
Since no one showed up to claim the cat, she picked it up and took it to her car to warm it up. The cat showed signs of having been on the streets for some time. He needed a lot of attention and a vet check.
Kimberly took him with her to New York, as she knew of a place that could help this little boy.
They took him to Lollypop Farm, an animal welfare organization in Fairport, where they welcomed him with open arms.
A spokesperson for the organization said:
“What Kimberly didn’t know was that this cat was not just any cat, but an experienced traveler. Our admissions team immediately scanned for a microchip, as they do with all incoming pets. Not only did he own one, but he had an owner who had registered it to a Texas address that was more than 1,465 miles away.”
They dialed the number found in the registration information and crossed their fingers that the owner would pick up, which he did. Matthew, who was in Arkansas at the time, was in complete disbelief.
He told the Lollypop Farm staff :
“I had been thinking about Ashes every day.”
Matthew immediately rearranged his route schedule and headed for New York. While Ashes waited until the reunion date, he received the necessary veterinary care and regained some weight.
A week and a half after Ashes arrived, Matthew’s 18-wheeler pulled up outside the shelter.
Ashes immediately recognized his human father and went straight to him.
Shelter staff told Love Meow :
“Ashes recognized him, and was immediately affectionate.”
Matthew broke down in tears as he gently rubbed his head against Ashes and hugged him tightly.
“It’s my Christmas miracle. It’s that microchip; without him, I never would have gotten it back. The women who found him saved his life, but the microchip brought him home.”
Kimberly and her friend also came to witness this heartwarming reunion. They fell in love with Ashes during their journey home and were overwhelmed with happiness to finally see him back where she belonged.
Lollypop Farm staff said:
“Ashes and Matthew had a close relationship before it was lost, and Matthew says he’s even closer now. Ashes seem so happy to be back with him and she is acting more loving than ever. We couldn’t be happier to have this adventurous cat back on the right track.”