Pet Reunites With Family After Deadly Fire In Southwest Phila

Pet Reunites With Family After Deadly Fire In Southwest Phila

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A fire on Gesner Street in Southwest Philadelphia last month killed four little children and wiped out close to a dozen homes.

For one family who almost lost everything, they thought their beloved cat was gone forever, but that was not the case.

It’s been hard for Teenamarie Shaw and her family to rebuild following the horrible fire on Gesner Street especially because a big part of the family was missing turns out he didn't go very far.

Blake Jumps around like a normal house cat without missing a beat.

"He’s a stress reliever for me. His purring and him just loving on me all the time," Shaw said.

But the stress was high for Shaw after last month's devastating fire on Gesner Street in Southwest Philadelphia separated Blake from his family.

"That's all I've been talking about since we lost our homes or whatever. I just wanted my cat back." she said.

The tragic fire took the lives of four children and destroyed several houses including Teenamarie's.

"It burst through the window and burst through the dining room window and went straight out the back just like a bomb," she recalled.

She got her family out safely, but could not find Blake anywhere.

Just a few days ago she was on speakerphone with an old Gesner Street Neighbor when she says Blake popped up on the neighbor's porch.

"I was calling him. You could hear him like meowing, and I'm like "oh mommy's coming to get you," Teenamarie said.

She contacted Jen Leary's Red Paw Relief Team who gave Blake a look.

"We got him up to date on his vaccines and we got him some general wellness." Leary said.

The Shaw’s are now in a new home…and can truly begin again.

"I didn't feel like my family was complete until basically he was back," Teenamarie said.

The Red Paw Relief team believes Blake may have hung around some stray cats in the neighborhood to survive.

In three years of doing their work, Red Paw's Founder say it's been one of the longest times a pet has ever been separated from an owner.

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