By ZEINAB NAJM
DEARBORN — A Dearborn family is relieved that their cat, Daisy-duck Bandit Sanborn, is back home in Michigan from Tampa after he went missing just before Halloween.
Judy Sanborn, owner of Bandit, posted on Facebook that her cat arrived at the airport on Jan. 10 with the help of a fundraiser and three “angels,” as she called them.
“Thanks to these THREE ANGELS! Stephanie Baker of Blue Pearl Vet in Tampa. Stephanie Nay of bamboopetsitting.com Tampa. Dossie Marrone wife of a Delta pilot who flew standby this morning to bring him home,” Sanborn wrote on Facebook. “He’s now walking around the house as if he has never been gone.”
A GoFundMe page that was started on Jan. 3 with the $500 goal to get Bandit to Michigan raised $575 in six days from 19 people.
According to the page, after Bandit went missing Sanborn checked the shelters, made local postings but later found out he was 1,2000 miles away in Tampa.
“We don’t know if he hitched a ride in a moving van or a snowbird took him down to Florida,” the page read. “According to Blue Pearl Veterinary Partners, Daisy followed a woman home in Tampa, Florida. She brought him into their office. Since our cat has a microchip they identified him and called us.”
Sanborn tried to find friends of relatives that may have lived in the Tampa area to bring Bandit home but had no luck.
The comments section of the GoFundMe page was filled with people offering their help to get Bandit to Michigan, but Sanborn opted to have her cat flown home in cargo. Bamboo Pet Sitting of Tampa picked Bandit up and deliver him to the airport in Tampa for the flight.
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