When Ravila Hairova had to move she thought her cat, Karim, wouldn't be able to handle the dramatic change, so she left him with her neighbors. Two years later, as she returned home from work, she found the cat sitting on her doorstep waiting for her, The Sun reports.
Hairova had made sure to leave the cat's favorites items behind for him, including his favorite chair and food bowls. But a few days after she arrived at her new home and called her neighbors to see how he was doing, she was told he had run away. At that point she assumed she would never see him again.
"I knew he had disappeared from my neighbours' home a few days after we left which was very sad but we never heard another word about him," she told the news provider.
Karim travelled from Uzbekistan to Russia, crossing three state borders, and found his owners once again. He looked frail and malnourished, but was in good spirits.
"He is very happy now and so are we. I've no idea how he found us but I'm very glad he did," she said to the news source.
The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has a few tips for pet owners who plan on travelling with their pets inside the country and beyond.
Many countries have specific rules regarding the entrance of pets from outside, so it is recommended that owners familiarize themselves with the specific country's laws and rules by researching on the internet or contacting the particular country's embassy.
Some countries may require documentation showing the animal has had all of the proper vaccinations before entering the country, so it best to prepare a few a months in advance to avoid any last minute disruptions in the travel plans.