A man found a cat in his garage while repairing his jeep, but he did not own a cat.
Steve Hamel, a photographer, was in his garage working on his jeep late last year, but unbeknownst to him, that day was the start of an interesting adventure.
While he was repairing the vehicle and minding his own business, he noticed that a cat had entered them. For the occasion, a long-haired ginger kitten with white gloves had joined him. She strutted around and jumped casually on the jeep, as if offering to help.
“I’m just trying to fix my jeep. I don’t even own a cat,” he shared the story with Love Meow.
Steve had no idea where the cat had come from but quickly fell in love with the friendly cat who insisted on getting his attention and even climbed onto his shoulders to snuggle up.
The cat stayed on his shoulders to drive through the garage like Steve was her personal chauffeur.
After taking a tour, she jumped on a crane, surveyed the jeep, and gave it a thorough inspection. The cat eventually settled on a toolbox and claimed it as her makeshift bed.
Steve didn’t expect to get a little helper out of nowhere when he walked into the garage that day.
The cat didn’t come with a label and couldn’t find a microchip. So they asked their neighbors if anyone missed a cat.
“If we don’t succeed, we’ll keep the cat. She’s quite a love,” wrote Steve.
By then, Steve’s daughter had named the cat Sally, and her family absolutely loved her. They got her supplies and a new name tag.
“Sally loves hanging out on my shoulders, and while she has a set of claws that make it painful to do around the house, my work jacket makes it pretty comfortable.”
The word of the garage cat quickly got into the masses after Steve posted the story on Facebook. A few days after they crossed with Sally, they were contacted by a family who recognized the cat.
“We found the owners. These lovely people were reunited with their beloved cat. They lived just around the corner from us and had many heartwarming photos of the cat playing with their daughter,” said Steve in an update.
“It felt good to reunite them, although it was heartbreaking at the same time. Although I have a heavy heart, I know we did the right thing.”
The cat saga left a bump in their hearts and Steve began discussing the idea of adding a cat accessory to their family.
“Because we had a cat-shaped hole in our hearts, we decided to adopt,” wrote Steve.
“We wanted a tabby, but that one stole our heart. She’s super cute and black cats are adopted less often than other cats. We’d already done a Sally tag, so this is Sally 2.0.”
Sally 2.0 felt at home after moving in, as if she had always been part of the family. They now have several dogs and a cat ruling the quarters – a perfectly mixed family.
Steve had a surprise visit from an unexpected cat friend one day, and this little angel left some paw prints on his heart.
She led him to find a new family member they never knew were missing.
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