Buddy the cat has had a tough time of it. Recently he turned up, worn out and wretched-looking, at the Helping Hands homeless shelter in Tillamook. Luckily for him, he wound up at United Paws of Tillamook, who posted his photo online, and actually found his owners — who are in Louisiana.
When his family left Buddy with relatives about two years ago, while they organized their move to Louisiana, Buddy ran off. He’s been missing ever since. They flew back to Oregon twice to look for him, and had almost given up hope of ever seeing their beloved Buddy again.
United Paws wanted to get Buddy home in time for a Christmas reunion. It would be expensive — between airfare for Buddy and a companion, hotel expenses, etc. — so a GoFundMe page was set up by Anne Harris tinyurl.com/Home4Buddy). Money was coming in steadily, but there wasn’t enough to get Buddy home by Dec. 25.
Christmas spirit saved the day. “Buddy is going to hitch a ride with someone already traveling to the area,” Anne told the Ear. “One of the United Paws volunteers will be taking him to PDX on Friday. His owner will then be meeting him when he gets off the plane, hundreds of miles away.” Mr. Buddy will be his family’s best Christmas present, after all.
“We are so appreciative of all the offers of help, and of course the donations,” Anne added. “We will need some of the money raised for Buddy’s expenses, but much of it can now be used to support other adult stray and homeless cats. … It’s nice that, in a way, Buddy is now taking care of other cats.”