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SPOKANE, Wash. - Hope the cat was reunited with her owner today. Craig Barnes is a Vietnam veteran who last lived in Amarillo, Texas. The bad economy forced him to move to Spokane, Washington but without his beloved cat. For the last two months Craig has been struggling to find a place to live in Eastern Washington while paying $400 a month out of his $1000 veterans payment for his cat to stay in a pet motel in Amarillo.

Barnes was helped by Kalen Ault at the Spokane Mid-City Concerns senior center. She put an ad on the website Craigslist asking for help to get the cat back. Ryan Meza, a ground personnel worker for Southwest Airlines in Amarillo quickly offered to help. He picked up the cat from the boarding house, paid the rest of the remaining tab and promised to get him on a flight to Spokane.

Hope the cat flew from Texas to Las Vegas where Dianna Bart, another Southwest employee took the cat the remaining distance, and hand delivered her to Craig. The struggling veteran just moved into an apartment and has only a sleeping bag, and a pillow. Now he has Hope as well. Craig says the cat is "his family" and " he hopes to make his apartment a better place to live for Hope".

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