Imagine, if you will discovering that your precious kitty, who has been your best friend for 12 years, had gone missing. Well that is precisely what happened to Iris Samaniego.
Diego the cat is actually a flame-point Siamese and had shared his life with Iris for 12 long years until one day he found the garage door open and decided to sneak out. That was way back in June 2015 and after almost two years of searching for her beloved cat she finally found her best friend of 12 years.
Iris went on to explain that she had never given up hope and unlike every one else, was convinced that he was still alive.
“I posted signs everywhere for over a year,” Iris stated. “I was at work and in between patients, I’m a vet tech, something told me to look on animal friends of the valley website which is odd for me.” While searching on the site a very familiar face popped up, “I saw his picture and left work as fast I could.”
Just as soon as Iris and her sister Crystal arrived at the shelter and saw the cat, they immediately knew it was Diego.
“The moment I saw him I felt indescribable joy, I felt peace and overwhelmed because I knew he wasn’t dead. My intuition always told me he was alive.”
Even after some of her friends and family had counselled her to let go, she had faith and continued her search for Diego.
Here they are – inseparable friends prior to Diego going missing!
“Never give up on finding your animals. This is the best Christmas present she could have received,” Crystal noted.
And so, Crystal decided to film the teary reunion:
Even her children shed a tear when they got home from school and saw Diego was back:
We’re sure Diego is grateful to be back in his loving home.
“He was stressed at the shelter but once we got him he is totally back to his old self.”
After almost two long years Iris finally located her 13 year old cat! “I can’t tell you how much joy this has brought our family,” Iris stated.
Crystal also did note that from the very day Diego went missing, she never given up on him and her determination was rewarded with a teary but very happy family reunion.