Haze ran away 11 months ago after Lemon’s nephew, who was staying at her Pickering home, left the frontdoor open.
Her son, Ricky Taylor, 21, came home and noticed the cat was gone.
“There were so many people who … said, ‘Your cat’s probably dead. Racoons probably got it, or somebody ran over it.’ I guess (it was meant) to prepare us for the worst,” Taylor said. “We eventually started believing it.”