After Surviving a Mudslide, Couple Reunites with Their Lost Cat!

The Montecito mudslide, which happened earlier this month, completely devastated this Californian family. Lindsey and Woody Thompson were not even sure if they were going to survive and unfortunately one member of their family was left behind. However, in this video the couple reunites with their cat and they can’t be more thankful to the heroes who saved her.

The family was rescued by a helicopter, since it was impossible to approach the area. Their cat Koshka was somewhere in there and Woody stated that he was confident that she will find a safe place. They contacted the SBCAS who after a long search managed to find her.

The kitty was covered in mud, but in good health. The family couldn’t be happier to be reunited with their kitty. After all they’ve been through, they got the chance to shed tears of happiness and be whole once again.


Koshka's home was destroyed in the Montecito mud slide. Her family was certain they would not make it and left some goodbye messages for each other. Her family was rescued by helicopter after their home was devastated by the mud on Oak Grove Rd. They reached out to us for desperate help to find their beloved cat. Our teams went to the property as soon as we were able but we were not able to access the property safely. We consulted with a nearby fire team who was unable to see Koshka but could see her muddy paw prints which gave us hope. Our teams continued to check the property daily since January 9th but were losing hope as we could not safely access the remainder of the home. Today, our Officer Pennon and his partner Lauren from the ASPCA were able to get close enough to the property and felt it was safe to access a window. They found Koshka with mud caked fur, and she was thankful to see her rescuers. Take a moment to enjoy Koshka's reunion with her parents today. We recommend you have tissues handy. Santa Barbara County Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office Santa Barbara City Fire Department Santa Barbara County Fire Department Montecito, California

Posted by Santa Barbara County Animal Services on Monday, January 15, 2018

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