DENVER – A few months ago, Bob Scofield was diagnosed with a terminal form of cancer. Around that time, he lost something near and dear to his heart; something he never thought he would see again.
Scofield is 85 years old. For the last couple of years his caretaker lived with him. Two months ago, their cat "Baby" ran away.
"To just all of a sudden have that cat missing, the world was just falling apart," Scofield said.
What made it more difficult for Scofield was not knowing whether his cat was dead or alive. His caretaker posted flyers all over the neighborhood, hoping someone would spot Baby.
"Out of the corner of my eye, I saw a sign for a lost cat," neighbor Jeff Cook said.
Cook and several other neighbors decided to help out by posting the information about Baby on an online forum called nextdoor.com.
"This woman, a neighbor, she had found the cat just walking down the street. Her daughter said 'look! A kitty! A kitty!" Cook said.
It turns out Baby had been hanging around a neighbor's home four blocks up. Eight weeks after she disappeared, Scofield had his baby back.
"You can't love an animal more than one that's been gone for two months and then comes back," Scofield said.
None of this would have been possible without the help of a group of complete strangers. Strangers, who have since become family.
"I'm so glad to have her back," Scofield said.
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