KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- How does a cat that's gone missing for more than a year end up being found 120 miles from home? Romeo the cat has the answer to that question.
The 4-year-old gray feline belongs to George Lichte of Kennebunkport. Romeo is known for wondering around his neighborhood, but normally doesn't run away for too long.
"After a week we'd start to worry about him," said Lichte. "We'd put up posters and call around and when we put up posters in the neighborhood people would say oh a gray cat, what's that cats name? We'd say Romeo. Oh we know Romeo."
When Romeo took off into the woods in September of 2016, there were no answers to Lichte's calls, or posters. Days turned into weeks and weeks into months. George and his wife gave up on the idea of finding their cat, but then a year later they got a phone call from Kevin Taft.
"I heard a meow and I started looking around and then the next thing I looked down and he was sitting in my lap curled up sleeping," said Taft.
Taft found Romeo while working at a park, but it wasn't a Kennebunkport park. It was 120 miles away in Unity. The discovering of a micro-chip during a scan at the Animal Medical Clinic in Skowhegan revealed Romeo's home address, but it didn't explain how he got so far from home.
That answer came from Whisper Waite after she saw a news paper article about Romeo's discovery and recognized what she thought was her cat.
"That was Neptune," said Waite with a smile. "I had to call my mom and say mom you're never going to believe this."
Waite took Romeo in after a friend brought him home from a wedding at the Nonantum Resort in Kennebunkport where staff thought the cat was a stray. Romeo lived with Waite at Unity College for a year where he was called Neptune and was also thought of as a she. Neptune, like Romeo, also went missing. Waite messaged Lichte on facebook to let him know where Romeo had been for a year.
"Overwhelmed, amazing, happy. The shock that we had for those first couple of days," said Lichte. "We were really in a daze."
The Animal Medical Clinic in Skowhegan, where Romeo was checked for a micro-chip, got inspired by the cat's story. They'll be holding a half off micro-chipping clinic for animals from December 4-9. The cost will be $25.
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