Tuscaloosa miracle: Owner finds lost cat 3 weeks after tornado




Posted on May 21, 2011 at 9:13 PM

Updated Saturday, May 21 at 9:15 PM

TUSCALOOSA, Alabama — An Alabama woman thought she had lost nearly everything when a tornado tore her house apart. But miraculously — nearly one month later — she has been reunited with a beloved pet she feared was gone forever.

Judy pugh rushed to her hallway with her three cats when she saw debris spinning in the air. As the roof blew away, a wall fell on top of her.

"I tried to get to my hands and knees and I couldn't," Pugh said. "I heard the young men hollering, 'Miss Judy! Miss Judy! Are you in there?'"


Pugh escaped with black eyes. But she said she would have been sucked away by that tornado if weren't for that very wall.

Out of his remarkable story, her house is gone. She found a couple of keepsakes, including crystal bowls inside her kitchen cabinet that went completely untouched.

While two of her cats survived, one hadn't been seen since the tornado struck. But Pugh did not give up hope, looking every day for the last three weeks for her lost friend.

Unbelievably during our visit, Pugh's shaggy friend of 10 years emerged out of nowhere.


"Come see your mama! Oh God love it!" she said as she cuddled the dirty and hungry —  but apparently healthy —  pet. "Honey, you probably don't weigh two pounds. Oh honey! I have everything I want now. I have all three cats!"

Cadie made it through the tornado, heat and cold without food or water for nearly a month.

"I've got Cadie! I've got Cadie!" an elated Pugh told a friend on the phone. "I wish she could talk! She could tell me where she's been!"

Reunited once again, Judy Pugh is now ready to move on.