Tori Takayesu cuddles with her cat, James, in her Makawao home. The two were reunited this week, about 15 years after the tortoiseshell tabby went missing. The Maui News / LILA FUJIMOTO photo
MAKAWAO — When Makawao resident Tori Takayesu got a call last month saying that her cat had been found and was at the Maui Humane Society shelter, her first reaction was, “What cat?”
“Are you talking about one of my dogs?” Takayesu, who has four miniature pinschers, asked the shelter employee. “I really did not understand.”
But as the employee described the “senior” tortoiseshell tabby, “I’m, like, oh my God,” Takayesu said.
“All of a sudden, I remembered her,” she said. “I couldn’t believe it. I just never thought, after all these years, that she would come back to me.”
The cat turned out to be a pet who went missing about 15 years ago, not long after the …