The Almeida family of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil last saw their red-footed tortoise back in 1982, and thought she was gone from their lives forever. However, Leandro Almeida was taking out the trash recently and discovered their beloved Manuela 30 years later—she had been hiding in an upstairs storeroom the entire time, nestled among the junk.
Reddit user sweeetniblets recently shared the story of a friend whose cat Princess had disappeared. "My friend just went to pet cats at our local animal shelter, and found her cat that had been missing for over a year," wrote sweeetniblets.
After Hurricane Sandy tore through Belle Harbor, Queens in New York City, the O’Donovan family lost their dog Buster. “He just ran out and disappeared,” Christine O’Donovan told CBS News. Unbeknownst to O'Donovan, Animal Care and Control had found Buster, and scheduled him for euthanasia. Luckily, a friend of the family's saw Buster's listing on the shelter's website and got word out fast enough for the pooch to be rescued. "I cried,” O’Donovan told CBS. “I was so happy. I love my dog.”
The Hafner family was devastated when their cat, Turner, went missing two years ago. "Our first thought was that he was eaten by a coyote," said David Hafner. But recently, a cat rescue group found the 11-year-old tabby and took it to a local shelter, where a microchip implanted in Turner's skin helped identify its owners. “We just could not believe it,” Hafner said. "We’re still pretty blown away by all this.”
Jamie Carpentier was heartbroken when his boxer died on Christmas Eve 2012. Soon after, he was looking to adopt another dog, and recognized Ginger, a 13-year-old basset hound, on the Humane Society of Greater Nashua's website. Who was Ginger? When Carpentier and his wife divorced in 2003, they had brought the dog to the shelter. A couple adopted Ginger, but returned her in 2012 after deciding they could no longer care for her. Carpentier quickly scooped her up: “She heard my voice," he said. "I walked up to her and she kind of gave me a couple of licks or kisses. And I was like, ‘She knows who I am, she remembers my voice.’ ”