Many pets that go missing are found within a few blocks of their homes, which is why having a network of neighbors is so valuable in times of lost pet crisis.
In these more modern times, it’s common and incredibly useful to post about lost and found pets on online groups designed specifically for those purposes, so locals can keep an eye out or see if they recognize a neighbor’s pet — but sometimes you still can’t beat a good, old-fashioned “LOST” sign when trying to locate your four-legged friend.
That’s what the Wertenberger family from Union Gap, Washington, did, and that’s primarily why their beloved kitty Piper (“Pipes”) made it home after being gone for almost a month.
Pipes is a 6-year-old, 19-pound tuxedo cat who fancies a stroll outside from time to time. She’s figured out how to use the doggy door, and has made use of that knowledge.