On September 28th, 2015 Sapphire the cat found herself face-to-face with a small window of opportunity; specifically, the second story window that her owner Jackie had left open for fresh air. Sapphire did something she'd never done before. She took a leap of faith, jumped out the window, and disappeared into the night.
Jackie searched for Sapphire, but no luck. As the days passed, her spirits were beginning to fade.
Three days later, a young man was stuck in traffic on the 401. As he crawled down the express lanes, he thought he saw movement on the shoulder of the highway. He got out of his car to investigate and found a cat! The cat was petrified and seeking refuge in a sewer drain. He wrapped his jacket around the cat, and lifted it out of the drain into a box in his car.
When he arrived at Toronto Animal Services (TAS), staff found a black female cat, covered in oil and grease, who was lucky to be alive! She had suffered some leg injuries, which had become infected, and was terrified and starving.
As is customary with all stray animals arriving at TAS, the cat was scanned and a micochip was found. This microchip provided the staff with the both the cat’s name, and the contact information of her owner.
When Jackie answered her phone, she received welcome, but very shocking news. What she did not expect to hear, was exactly WHERE Sapphire was found. For one, finding her on the 401 express lanes was shocking enough, but in Toronto?! Sapphire had escaped only three days previously, 275 kms away, in Kingston!
Sapphire’s survival of a journey from Kingston to Toronto was nothing short of a miracle. And while we will never know exactly how she managed to hitchhike so far across the 401, one thing is for certain. It was not magic that reunited Sapphire and Jackie- it was her microchip.
Jackie is happy to report that Sapphire seems happy to be home and has settled back in nicely. She has been bathed several times to remove the oil and grease from her coat and her leg wounds are almost fully healed after a full course of antibiotic injections and wound cleaning. She had lost a significant amount of weight during her three-day ordeal, but is nearly back to old self.