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Charlene Lanigan's defeat of cancer and the homecoming (Credit: Barry Sloan)

Charlene Lanigan's defeat of cancer and the homecoming of McGee have made Lanigan sure of one thing, she said: "Never give up hope for anything in your life. There's always hope." (Feb. 2, 2013)

Lost LI cat returns home 3 years later

On Jan. 17, almost 36 months to the day after McGee, now 5, left home, Charlene Lanigan and her large, long-haired gray and white cat were reunited at the Islip Animal Shelter in Bay Shore.

Bobby Boyle of East Islip visits Charlene Lanigan
(Credit: Barry Sloan)

Bobby Boyle of East Islip visits Charlene Lanigan and her cat McGee at her home in East Islip. Boyle found McGee in his backyard after superstorm Sandy and took the cat to the town shelter on Jan. 16. McGee, missing since 2010, was scanned for a microchip and reunited with Lanigan a day later. (Feb. 2, 2013)

Charlene Lanigan holds her cat McGee at her
(Credit: Barry Sloan)

Charlene Lanigan holds her cat McGee at her home in East Islip. The 5-year-old feline was reunited with his owner almost 36 months to the day he went missing. (Feb. 2, 2013)

Charlene Lanigan still has the missing cat fliers
(Credit: Barry Sloan)

Charlene Lanigan still has the missing cat fliers she posted after McGee went missing from his East Islip home on Jan. 16, 2010. (Feb. 2, 2013)

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Shelter supervisor Joanne Daly said that finding a
(Credit: Barry Sloan)

Shelter supervisor Joanne Daly said that finding a lost pet after so long is rare. McGee was missing for three years. (Feb. 2, 2013)

McGee is in excellent condition and a pound
(Credit: Barry Sloan)

McGee is in excellent condition and a pound heavier than he had been when he went missing three years ago, according his owner, Charlene Lanigan of East Islip. (Feb. 2, 2013)

Bobby Boyle found McGee in his backyard after
(Credit: Barry Sloan)

Bobby Boyle found McGee in his backyard after superstorm Sandy and took the cat to the town shelter on Jan. 16. McGee, missing since 2010, was scanned for a microchip and reunited with Lanigan a day later. (Feb. 2, 2013)

McGee settled right into life in Charlene Lanigan's
(Credit: Barry Sloan)

McGee settled right into life in Charlene Lanigan's East Islip home, despite his three-year hiatus. (Feb. 2, 2013)

Charlene Lanigan's defeat of cancer and the homecoming
(Credit: Barry Sloan)

Charlene Lanigan's defeat of cancer and the homecoming of McGee have made Lanigan sure of one thing, she said: "Never give up hope for anything in your life. There's always hope." (Feb. 2, 2013)

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