Willow ran away from home. She didn’t intend to, she loved her home. But one day she decided to explore the neighborhood, and soon this young, black cat couldn’t find her way back. Later, they would learn that she had traveled many miles.
Willow ran across roads and through fields until she suddenly found herself at the scariest place she’d ever been: at the side of a highway.
When she tried to run across she was hit. In terrible pain and scared, all she could do was lie at the side of the road with rush hour traffic zooming past. She thought of her family, and the little girl she slept with at night. Willow thought she would never see them again, and then an amazing thing happened: a Good Samaritan stopped to help her.
The driver contacted Anthem Pets, a 501 (c) 3, volunteer, animal rescue group based in the Phoenix North Valley. They immediately took Willow to a veterinarian where they learned she had multiple lacerations and a broken leg that would require surgery.
Willow spent weeks in a cast. During that time Anthem Pets tried to find her owner. Willow wore a pink collar and was micro chipped, but the information was no longer valid. They knew that somewhere a family was grieving the loss of their beloved cat, so they looked online and posted notices on various websites, all to no avail.
After weeks of searching, a volunteer decided to look once more at Craigslist, and there it was: a post from Willow’s family. The reunion was heartwarming and emotional. The family was on a fixed budget and could not afford the veterinary expenses, so Anthem Pets paid the bills.
It took many months for Willow to make a full recovery. She is once again thriving, affectionate and curled up with her best friend at night. She promises never to go exploring again.