It was a very emotional reunion when Rado the cat returned to his family after losing his human in a fatal car accident.
On August 23, 25-year-old Kayce Chik was driving with her three pets inside her car and lost control of it, crashing near the Eisenhower tunnel in Colorado.
Her pets survived the crash and scurried off into the wilderness.
Over the course of the next five weeks, Kayce’s family, friends and volunteers went on a mission to find and retrieve the missing pets: Rido and Rado the cats and Chulo the dog.
They combed miles of forests and trails but had no luck until on September 27, a resident in Baskerville spotted what appeared to be one of Kayce’s cats wandering around in his yard.
“We were so excited. We were beginning to lose hope and we almost called off the search. I am so glad we didn’t,” Debbie Diver, a search volunteer of Colorado Lost and Found Pets, told 9news.
They then set up a trail camera near the area where Rado was believed to be seen. The camera captured Rado visiting the same location two nights in a row. On the third day, they set up a trap with food and a sweater which belonged to Kayce.
“He could smell her, and he walked right in. I couldn’t believe it,” Diver said.
“My sister would be so grateful and proud… and I feel so much love. I feel like Kayce sent him back for us, to give us comfort,” said Kayce’s sister, Tori Ingle.
Tori was reunited with a little portion of Kayce’s heart.
“I was laying on the bed with him, just crying. He just lays there and puts his paw on me.”
Rado is home, safe and sound!
There is no update available for Chulo or Rido.