On occasion, Kadence put a harness on Finn and took him outside to explore. He seemed to enjoy the outdoors so one beautiful day last March Kadence decided to take Finn on an adventure to Weldon Springs State Park. They stopped at the amphitheater so Finn could explore.
“He was having a grand old time,” recalled Kadence.
That is, until it was time to go.
While Kadence was trying to get Finn back into the car, he wrestled his way free from and hid under her car. When she attempted to capture him under her car, he escaped his harness and headed into the trees across from the amphitheater.
Kadence searched frantically for Finn but apparently he was having too much fun and found some good hiding places. Kadence went home and began posting pictures of Finn on social media and asking people to keep an eye out for him around Weldon Springs.
Every day for more than three weeks, Kadence and her family and friends—even strangers—helped search for Finn. They would leave food and items of clothing with Kadence’s scent. Months passed and while there were sightings, no one had been able to capture him.
That is, until the last weekend in June.
Nearly four months after escaping his harness, Kadence’s mom, Amber, received a message that Finn had been sighted around the Weldon Spring campground. The writer said he was skittish and she was unable to capture him. Kadence was out of town so Amber was preparing to take food out to the area when she received a text message from site manager Jay Wickenhauser that Finn had been captured!
Wickenhauser said people saw the cat near the park’s shop area, so a live trap was set and we “caught him.”
“I couldn’t believe he was still alive,” said Amber. “He’s a survivor.”
“He’s a little scraggly-looking,” added Kadence as Finn sat in her lap, “and he’s definitely lost a couple pounds. I missed him so much!”
Thanks to the goodness of others, Finn is now back home, snuggling with Kadence, but with stories and adventures he will never tell.