Angela Brooks and Jay Liccardi
Imagine being a truck driver. The road is long and the ride can be lonely. So you take your beloved cat along for company. That's exactly what Melissa Rojas of Sturgis, Michigan, did - until an unfortunate incident at the Pilot station in New Albany.
On March 23, during a 2:30 a.m. stop, her cat, Sylvia, somehow escaped from the truck. Melissa searched frantically for two hours, but Sylvia could not be found. Reluctantly, Melissa got back in the truck and hit the road. She knew that because Sylvia was de-clawed and was wearing a collar with a bell, she was in danger. All she could do at that point was contact animal rescue agencies in the area, who posted Sylvia's picture and Melissa's contact information.
Sylvia - Photo Courtesy of Second Chances Animal Rescue of Pontotoc
Over the course of the next few weeks, Melissa received messages of possible sightings of her cat, but Sylvia remained well hidden. Jay Liccardi, a maintenance worker at Pilot, and others kept a lookout and often put out food, but still Sylvia remained at-large.
Angela Brooks, an animal lover from Tupelo, saw the notice about Sylvia on Second Chances Animal Rescue's Facebook page. She printed flyers, and on April 5, she and her son Parker posted them in the vicinity of the Pilot station in the hopes that someone would recognize Sylvia and catch her. Meanwhile Angela, Jay, and Melissa stayed in contact.
Jay Liccardi - Photo courtesy of NEMiss.News
Finally on May 1, Jay saw Sylvia, and he immediately called Melissa, who then called Angela. With a trap borrowed from the Tupelo Lee Humane Society, Angela made her way to New Albany. She and Jay knew that any critter could end up in the trap, but they were hopeful Sylvia would find her way to it.
And that's exactly what happened. The next morning, Sylvia was finally captured, and Melissa received the news she had been waiting for. She left Michigan and drove to Tupelo to be reunited with her feline friend and to thank the human friends who made the reunion possible.
Melissa Rojas and Angela Brooks - Photo courtesy of NEMiss.News
Even though life is back to normal for Melissa and Sylvia, one thing has changed. Melissa has decided that while she was lucky once, she won't risk losing Sylvia again. Sylvia now stays home while Melissa is on the road.
Thank you, Angela and Jay, for caring enough to ensure that Sylvia got back home to her grateful owner.
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