Strangers work together to reunite hitchhiking cat with 3-year-old girl

WHITEHALL, Wis. (WEAU) -- A hitchhiking Wisconsin cat brought six strangers together to reunite a heartbroken little girl with her beloved pet.

Just this week an adventurous cat named Gizmo from Whitehall took off in a trailer headed for Kansas much to the dismay of her three-year-old owner, Addy Huismann.

Addy’s mother Chasity said the little girl loves spending the day reading to Gizmo.

“Goodnight kitten. Mitten,” Addy read from the book Goodnight Moon on Friday.

However if it wasn't for the selfless act of strangers Chasity said the duo may have been separated forever,

Chasity said Addy was at her grandmother’s house when she broke the news that Gizmo was gone and said she “was sobbing she couldn't even talk on the phone.”

Chasity said her husband sold a piece of equipment this week and while loading up a trailer headed to Kansas Gizmo snuck aboard, apparently ready for an adventure.

Chasity explained, “At about nine that night the guy called from Nebraska on his way home and said, "Are you missing your kitten?"

In last ditch effort to get Gizmo back Chasity said she put out a plea for help on Facebook and the results were overwhelming.

“I put it out there on Facebook looking to see if there was anybody in the area that could help us,” said Chasity. “And by the next morning she way on her way home. It was crazy.”

Huismann said Gizmo traveled 1,400 miles through Iowa, Kansas and Nebraska before she was able to return home.

“The gentleman who bought the truck from my husband, a friend of his that he was with, drove her halfway to Topeka,” explained Chasity. “Then some lady I don't know, somehow somebody shared it on Facebook, her name is Nancy. Nancy drove from Topeka to Selena to pick her up and then went straight to Kansas City where Nolan and Julia live. Nolan is actually from Whitehall and they just happened to being coming home this week.”

Chasity said it took six people working together to bring Gizmo home to Addy.

“I was overwhelmed. It was just an amazing experience and the joy that she had getting her kitten back,” she said.

Now Addy won't let Gizmo out of her sight even at bedtime!

“I love her so much because her was sleeping with me,” said Addy as she held Gizmo.

And Chasity said it has all been made possible because of the kindness of strangers.

“It was amazing that people came together, just overjoyed, overwhelmed and it's just super exciting,” she added.



 
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