Leilani

By Leilani

LifeBuzz Staff

This Refugee Cat Was Miraculously Reunited With His Family, But It Was A CLOSE Call.

This is a story about Kunkush the cat, who traveled with his family from Mosul, Iraq, to the island of Lesbos for a chance at a safer life. The family — a woman and her five children — searched tirelessly for him after discovering they had been separated, but soon had to move on.

The cat was discovered a few days later in a fishing village by people who had remembered that the family had been looking for him. Some of the local cats had been unfriendly towards him, so volunteers Amy Shrodes and Ashley Anderson took him to a vet, where he was renamed Dias. Afterwards, they worked together to reunite him with his family. Anderson helped start a social media campaign and Facebook page.

"This family probably paid thousands to get a spot for themselves on this rubber boat — even infants required a fee," Anderson said in an interview.

Five weeks later, the family contacted them from Norway. The reunion began over Skype, and continued once the cat was able to fly to Steinkjer to join them for a very miraculous happily ever after.

Scroll below to see Kunkush’s journey.

This is Kunkush the cat. He is originally from Iraq, but traveled to the island of Lesbos with his family for safety.

This is Kunkush the cat. He is originally from Iraq, but traveled to the island of Lesbos with his family for safety.

Amy Shrodes

Unfortunately, he was separated from his family.

In a situation like this, it's not difficult to imagine how.

In a situation like this, it's not difficult to imagine how.

Doug Kuntz

The family searched and searched, but eventually had to move on to the next transit camp. Volunteers found him and attempted to reunite him with his family.

Although he was mistreated by local cats, volunteers found him and made sure he got the proper help.

Although he was mistreated by local cats, volunteers found him and made sure he got the proper help.

Amy Shrodes

Kunkush's family had moved to Norway, but found him through a social media campaign the volunteers had set up.

Here's a shot of the emotional Skype reunion.

Kunkush en route to see his family.

Kunkush en route to see his family.

Doug Kuntz

What could be sweeter than this?

What could be sweeter than this?

Michelle Nhin

Sources: ABC, The Dodo

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