Robert Connell, a Marine, experienced significant PTSD after returning from multiple tours overseas. Fortunately through therapy and support groups he found a way to cope; that support came in the form of a friendly cat named Hemi. Connell said that Hemi is the only thing that really helps him cope with PTSD on a daily basis, which is why it was such a tragedy when Hemi went missing 4 years ago. Fast forward to today and Hemi is once again back in the arms of Connell and his family, after a miraculous recovery story.
Hemi was apparently found on base at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, over 2000 miles from where Connell’s family now lives. After finding the cat, officials at the air station went through the standard procedure, which fortunately included scanning the cat for an embedded identification chip. Connell was fortunate to have gotten that identification chip as it was the only way Hemi was able to be identified and eventually returned to Connell’s family. After reading the chip, veterinarians called Connell and informed them of their findings, Connell says he was absolutely overwhelmed with joy when he found out that Hemi had been found.
From there it was only a matter of getting Hemi back to Connell to live his life. Of course things didn’t go quite as smoothly as planned, Hemi’s flights got caught up in the snow storm that struck the country. Unwilling to wait any longer, Connell drove all the way to pick up Hemi, his long lost cat, and finally take him back to his new home. Upon arrival Connell and Hemi were reunited, Hemi immediately showed signs of happiness and excitement over seeing Connel and Robert Connell showed much the same emotion. Connell simply wishes to express how happy and excited he was to get Hemi back even though he never expected such an incredible reunion.
Veterinarians and Connell are taking this opportunity to encourage pet owners to have their pets chipped with an embedded identification tag. It really could make all the difference, and if something ever happens it could make it possible to have your own incredible reunion story just like Connell and Hemi. More than 2000 miles away it was still totally possible for veterinarians to get ahold of Hemi’s owner and make sure he got home safe.