While fate may not have recently intervened in the life of Liz Glantz of Saucier, what happened to her was at least serendipitous.
Glantz said she was forced to make a tough decision around Christmas when her longtime pet's declining health required her to have the cat put down.
"After Polly died, I decided I wanted to get another cat, so I went to the Humane Society," she said.
She said she came up empty on her first trip to the animal shelter.
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"When I went back a second time, I found Millie and she looked exactly like Polly," she said. "I felt like they were spirit sisters."
Like Polly, Millie also was 15 years old, but Glantz said that did not stop her from adopting the feline.
"I felt like it was meant to be for me to find that cat," she said. "I had no plans to leave with a cat that old, but I knew she needed to be adopted. I couldn't leave her in that cage another day."
The cat's paperwork listed her name as Millie, but Glantz said her tag told a different story.
"Her tag said Sunny on it," she said. "The previous owner's name was on the tag. I had been told she was in a nursing home."
Finding the cat's previous owner became a top priority, Glantz said.
"I started emailing nursing homes on the Coast and tried to find the owner," she said.
And after a couple of weeks of searching, Glantz made contact with the previous owner's family.
"I contacted her daughters and we started talking," said Glantz, who wanted to bring Millie to see her former owner.
But it was not meant to be.
"Her daughters told me she has dementia and she was too sick to have visitors, but they were glad I had the cat and they were happy I had made the effort to contact them and let them know their mother's cat was in a loving home," Glantz said.
The cat is doing well in her new home and Glantz said she is happy to have her.
"I just felt like this was meant to be," she said. "I would have never done this had Polly not died. I feel like the cats are connected spirits and I'm glad I was able to give her former owner's family some closure."