CRAWFORDSVILLE, Ind. (WLFI) - Three weeks ago, on the first day of school, 5th grade teacherAnita Harris's cat Doris took what should have been a routine tripto the veterinarian. The trip soon went awry, however; Doris nevermade it in the door. As Harris's husband carried the cat in fromthe car the animal escaped from her carrier and quickly dashedaway.
Harris said her husband searched carefully for Doris.
"He spent three hours looking for her. But it's surrounded bydeep woods and a corn field and then, of course, Wal-Mart and a lotof other businesses," Harris said.
The couple continued to search for the cat, but gave up hopeafter a couple of weeks. After all, Doris is an indoor cat who hadnever been away from home. In order to make it home, the cat wouldhave to survive in the wild, find her way through miles of openfields, and safely cross three busy highways.
But three weeks after Doris had disappeared, the Harrisesreceived a welcome surprise.
"She came in right through that screen and sat there looking atme like, 'I'm back. What are you going to do about this?' I wasamazed she survived and found her way back home. I'd always hearddogs did that but not cats," Harris said.
Doris did return a much thinner cat with callused paws.
Harris used the experience in her classroom, asking students towrite about the remarkable chain of events.
Student Cali Saunders read part a story written from Doris'sperspective aloud in class.
"I saw it. The veterinarian. I could not go in there so I triedto escape. My fight was a success for that cheap plastic cage wasno match for my defensive claws," Cali read.
Harris said Doris is adjusting to life back at home and nowrarely leaves her side.
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