Recovery of cat helps soothe owner after house fire

Sam the cat is back with his owner after going missing for several days after a house fire. PHOTO COURTESY OF ROBIN PALENDRANO

WALL TOWNSHIP — Sam the cat is lucky that Dazzle the dog showed up to save one of his nine lives. Sam, a green-eyed, gray-and-brown tabby, went missing when the house where he lives in West Belmar caught fire on Thursday, Jan. 3.

Sam’s owner, Robin Palendrano, had stepped out to visit a friend before the fire and was unharmed, but was distraught about her missing cat. 

Susi Jacobs of Howell took Dazzle, her husky, to Ms. Palendrano’s home on Saturday, and Dazzle caught a scent and led her to the basement.

But the cat was quite frightened after the fire ordeal and was not coming out from behind a pile of boxes.

Then Mariah Marcotte, who was helping in the search, came and spent 10 hours overnight, trying to lure Sam out. Finally, Ms. Marcotte was able to grab the cat on Sunday, Lisa Gruber said.

“Now that she [Ms. Palendrano] has Sam back in her arms, she’s feeling better,” she said.

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