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Family’s Cat Found in Floor of Burned-Down House by Their Dog

After losing everything in a devastating house fire, it seemed like hope was nowhere to be found for the Marr family, until an incredible discovery gave it back to them.

According to a South Haven, Michigan news affiliate, two months after a blaze destroyed their home, the Marrs returned to the scene for the first time and something truly amazing happened: their dog, Chloe, discovered their cat, Ringer, in the floorboards of the home … and he was still alive.

Chloe, who had been rescued by firefighters after the incident, was sniffing around the remains and heard meowing that lead the family to find Ringer (who was thought to have perished in the fire).

Christine Marr, Chloe and Ringer’s owner, told the news, “This cat’s a miracle. [He] has been in this area for two months with no food or water. And Chloe just found him down in this hole.”

Ronald Wise of the South Haven Area Emergency Services fire station says that both Chloe and Ringer’s survival is a miracle. Wise told the news, “to know that Chloe had found the cat, that’s amazing. She’s a true hero, she is.”

Despite being trapped in the home with no access to cat food or water, Ringer managed to survive and, after a trip to the vet, was found to be malnourished and lost half his body weight.

Marr, who called the discovery a “Mother’s Day miracle,” shared on Facebook that Ringer was taken the Kalamazoo Animal Hospital for help. “He has a feeding tube in his neck [and it is] going to be a slow process to reintroduce food, but he is going to LIVE,” she said.

The family has been updating Facebook with Ringer’s steady progress and have started a donation page to help with both pets’ medical expenses as they recover from the trauma.

Image via Christine Marr

Aly Semigran is a lifestyle writer for the world and roommate of Ruby, the cutest dog in the world.