Missing cat found in Cherry Hill off N.J. Turnpike reunited with family five months later (full story here)
CHERRY HILL -- Sprinkles is down to eight lives.
After a harrowing, five-month absence, the orange-and-white cat that broke loose from his leash at a New Jersey Turnpike rest stop over the summer was reunited Wednesday night with his owner and her tearful children.
"It was just a dream came true," said Sprinkles’ owner, Laura Lopez. "But I never gave up hope."
Since their unexpected separation, the feline that made a beeline from the Walt Whitman Service Area in Cherry Hill on July 18 soon found company with a band of fellow stray cats.
The tabby had been traveling with Laura Lopez during their move from New York to Florida, but took an unplanned detour off the Turnpike, one of the most heavily traveled highways in America.
"He saw all the cars and hoopla and he got scared, because he was only a baby," Lopez said of the cat that was about a year old at the time.
A panicked Lopez scoured the area all day, along with police and firefighters. But the skittish Sprinkles was nowhere to be found.