“We would stand outside and call her name every day for about six months after we got home,” Emily Rivers, one of Tilly’s family members, told The Dodo. “We would always keep our eyes peeled when walking around our suburb. We messaged all the animal rescues and pounds in our area and nobody had found her. We visited a few found cats along the way that resembled her, but to no avail. We had pretty much given up hope of ever being reunited with our girl about two years in.”
Years passed, and the heartbroken family accepted that Tilly was probably never coming home — and then they got a call that changed everything. It was their vet, saying that after 6 years, someone had found Tilly.