Man Reunites With Cat In Tearful Embrace After 7 Years Apart

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“You’re never going to see this ever again.”

A man named Robert who had planned to move to Ohio delayed the departure for over a year while trying to find his missing cat Chebon.

That was seven years ago.

More recently, Ohioan Gena saw a cat on the side of the road and took it to a rescue to have it scanned for a microchip. The last registered owner was Robert.

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Robert, at right, had not seen his cat Chebon in 7 years.


After leaving a few messages, Gena and Robert finally got in touch and arranged for Robert to visit the cat. Now 19 years old, Chebon was reunited with Robert after 7 years apart in a timeless moment captured on video by Ventura County Animal Services.

As Robert opens up the carrier box, he immediately breaks down in tears and scratches his furry friend’s head. He can’t stop shaking his head in disbelief as he stares lovingly at Chebon.

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Robert and Chebon were reunited at Ventura County Animal Services.


“I was afraid. I thought, ‘Well, maybe there’s a mistake or something,” Robert tells the rescue.

Even at 19, the cat is too excited to spend this moment in a box. He climbs up into Robert’s arms and the two embrace for the first time in years.

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Robert was delighted to see his old friend,


“I remember once at one point, I was praying, and I said, ‘God, I’ll do anything. I just want Chebon back.'”

Chebon seems happy to see Robert, too, as he rests his head on his human’s shoulder.

“I’ll tell you. I have never been so happy!” Robert says. “I have a lot to be thankful for.”

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Chebon was happy to have found Robert, too.

Watch this emotional reunion in the video below.

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Matthew Russell is a West Michigan native and with a background in journalism, data analysis, cartography and design thinking. He likes to learn new things and solve old problems whenever possible, and enjoys bicycling, going to the dog park, spending time with his daughter, and coffee.
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