Man Reunites With 19-Year-Old Cat He Thought He’d Lost Forever

They hadn’t seen each other in 7 years 😭❤️️

Earlier this month, a man named Robert received an unexpected call that left him in shock: His beloved cat, Chebon, was alive.

Seven years had passed since Robert had last seen Chebon, who went missing just before they were supposed to move from California to Ohio. Robert, who asked that his last name be withheld, put off his relocation to stay and search for his beloved pet, but after a year with no luck and no leads, he had to move on.

“I remember at one point I was praying and I said, ‘God, I’ll do anything, just bring my Chebon back,’” Robert said in a video posted on the Ventura County Animal Services’ Facebook page.


Ventura County Animal Services

Then, the impossible happened. A kind lady spotted a sickly-looking cat on the side of the road and brought him to a local vet. Besides being a bit dehydrated and dirty from living on the streets, the cat was surprisingly healthy. And when they scanned him for a microchip, Robert’s name came up. They also discovered that the cat was, in fact, 19 years old.

“I was afraid there was some kind of mistake,” Robert said.

Robert booked a flight to Los Angeles as soon as he could and drove up to Camarillo Animal Shelter. He was brought into a private room and as they opened a cardboard box, his eyes softened.

Ventura County Animal Services

When Robert and Chebon saw each other for the first time in seven years, it was as if no time had passed. And there wasn’t a dry eye in the room.


“Everyone in that room — there was another animal control officer and she was crying, I was tearing up,” Randy Friedman, marketing manager for Ventura County Animal Services.

“It was amazing from beginning to end — and it was all because of a microchip.”

You can watch the emotional reunion here:

Most Emotional Reunion EVER!REUNITED AFTER 7 years and 2,000 miles! Robert just landed at LAX and drove to the Camarillo Animal Shelter to reclaim is beloved friend!Gena, a Ventura County resident, found Chebon (now 19) on the side of the road playing with a couple of neighborhood kids. She saw he was in poor condition and she brought him to the Ojai Village Veterinary Hospital for fluids and treatment…and that’s where they found the MICROCHIP! 🎉 The information connected to the microchip led them to Robert who now lives in Ohio! She called him to deliver the unbelieveable news and he made arrangements to fly to California to reclaim him.Everyone was crying! This has to be the most emotional reunion we have ever seen.If this doesn't convnice you to Microchip your pets, then we just don't know what will.Robert will be spending a few days in So Cal before flying home to Buckeye, Ohio with Chebon.Ventura County Animal Services#Reunited #HappilyEverAfter #Buckeye #Chebon #reunion

Posted by Ventura County Animal Services on Monday, November 18, 2019


Chebon climbed out of the box and wrapped his paws around his dad’s shoulder as if he knew he was finally safe.

“At one point, [Chebon] hugged him, and Robert just started bawling,” Friedman said. “You don’t see that in cats too much … It was just so touching.”

Now that Chebon is finally back home where he belongs, he can spend his golden years in comfort. And the two will never let each other go ever again.