We hear of satellites falling back to Earth, and boomerangs making their way back to us, but when a pet goes missing, we grieve for them because they seem to be lost to us forever. What are the odds that your dog or cat would ever walk back into your life after several months, or even years? Well, it turns out that it's not quite as impossible as you thought, just very, very rare. But Pilot is no ordinary cat. He had gone missing ten years ago, and his family had given up hope. Then it walked back into their lives in the most ironic of circumstances, and said "Meow!"

Jennifer Thompson loved her little kitten, who she adopted in 2004 when it was just a kitten.

Pilot was the ultimate best friend. It followed its human family around wherever they would go. It also loved playing in the water, according to Jennifer, which is pretty rare for a cat to do. It also loved her kids like crazy.

Jennifer Thompson loved her little kitten, who she adopted in 2004 when it was just a kitten.

Jennifer Thompson

Unfortunately, Pilot vanished from his home in Santa Rosa, California when he was just three years old.

Jennifer told GoFundMe that Pilot was "microchipped and was wearing a collage with a tag." But that didn't stop the kitty cat from seemingly walking off the face of the Earth, leaving Jennifer and the family traumatically devastated.

Unfortunately, Pilot vanished from his home in Santa Rosa, California when he was just three years old.

Jennifer Thompson

Jennifer and the family had spent every available hour, both day and night, searching for Pilot.

The only hope that they clung to was that Pilot would someday come back to them on his own. But as time passed, the possibility of that ever happening diminished. Then, years later, something amazing happened.

Jennifer and the family had spent every available hour, both day and night, searching for Pilot.

Jennifer Thompson

Ten years after Pilot's disappearance, Jennifer got the most unexpected call of her entire life.

A veterinary hospital in California reached out to Jennifer regarding a lost kitty who had a microchip in his body. The chip contained Jennifer's information, which made it easier to find Pilot's original owner.

Ten years after Pilot's disappearance, Jennifer got the most unexpected call of her entire life.

Jennifer Thompson

On October 31st, which marked 10 years since Pilot had vanished, the kitty cat had reappeared.

Unfortunately, he was badly burned during the Tubbs fire that swept across Santa Rosa, California. It turns out that someone had found him just in time, and brought him to the Petcare Veterinary Hospital for treatment.

On October 31st, which marked 10 years since Pilot had vanished, the kitty cat had reappeared.

Jennifer Thompson