Cat Missing for 5 Years Is Going Home
Hemi may take plane ride from N. Carolina to be reunited with family in N. Dakota
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 20, 2016 4:54 PM CST
Hemi is going home—a brand-new home, but still home.   (GoFundMe)

(Newser) – A cat that went missing from its military family has been found four years later, and now he's prepping for a possible plane ride home to be reunited. Hemi—so named because owners Jennifer and Robert Connell first found him under their car hood in 2009—disappeared in 2011 after the family moved from their North Carolina home to a Marine Corps base, the AP reports. Robert had been deployed, and Hemi apparently missed him. "He kept looking for my husband and couldn't find him," Jennifer Connell says. "And one day he got out, and we were never able to find him."

Although the "heartbroken" Connells tried to track Hemi down, they were never able to, and eventually they ended up moving to North Dakota when Robert got a job there as a train engineer. Then, last week, a North Carolina animal shelter called: A woman had found Hemi "hanging around her house," per the AP, and the shelter was able to find the Connells through Hemi's microchip. The family has set up a GoFundMe account to pay for Hemi to either fly home with their former babysitter, who works for an airline, or for the family to drive back to NC to pick him up. Any extra cash will go to the animal shelter that called them, Jennifer Connell says. (This cat was reunited with its owner after seven years.)