CONNEAUT — Rescuers caring for an orange tabby cat after he was shot with an arrow are excited today, as the injured cat's family was found Wednesday night.
Come to find out, the cat named Callum by rescuers is really named Tigger and his family lost him a few weeks ago while moving from Conneaut to Ashtabula.
"[The caller] told me that she was almost positive that Callum was her family cat," said Sara Maddox, founder of Maddox and Friends Cat Rescue in Conneaut. "On their last day in Conneaut, Tigger ran out the door."
The family posted on local social media sites but the response was overwhelming with the wrong cats, Maddox said.
"She removed her post and kept going back to the house," she said. "She told us behind tears that his food and water dish were still out back in hopes that he would return."
Turns out, Tigger was found only a few doors down when he was found — he was trying to go home.
"When they knew for sure it was their boy, they were at my home in just minutes," Maddox said. "However, they decided to surrender him to us."
Tigger will remain at the cat rescue until he's fully healed, which is expected to take some time.
"He has a long road ahead of him, she said.
Although Tigger's family can't keep him at this time, they thank everyone who has and continues to support him.
Maddox asks supporters to come out for a peaceful gathering in front of the Conneaut Courthouse at 9 a.m. Tuesday when the man police say shot Tigger with the arrow, Robert Nadolny, 57, of Conneaut, makes his first court appearance.
Nadolny faces two animal cruelty charges.
"I ask that supporters get a white t-shirt and write either #justiceforcallum or #wearehisvoice on your shirt or make a sign and stand with us," Maddox said.
Participants are asked to practice social distancing and wear a mask.
Police say Nadolny shot this cat with an arrow July 23 and the cat showed back up July 26, with the arrow protruding through his body.
The cost of the cat's surgery and animal hospital bills is estimated to be about $5,000. To donate, go to https://www.maddoxandfriends.org.