‘You made it!’: Video shows moment family finds cat alive, 1 month after Camp Fire

PARADISE, Calif. – Video captured the emotional moment when a Paradise family reunited with their cat Timber – one month after the state’s most destructive fire ripped across parts of Northern California, killing 85 and destroying thousands of homes.

Courtney Werblow said on Facebook that Timber, who had been living at her parents’ house, had somehow survived the Camp Fire which left the town in ruins.

Video shows the cat, hesitantly at first, walking toward the razed foundation of Werblow’s parents’ property.

“You made it!” Werblow can be heard saying, “You look so good! We’re right here. We’re here for you.”

As Timber eats from a bowl of dry food, the video also shows a buck walking out from the scorched trees behind a pile of rubble.

“On December 8th, 2018, exactly one month after the Camp Fire swept through our entire community of Paradise, CA, we found hope!” Werblow wrote on Facebook. “With no home left, Timber (our family cat) came running to us!”

Werblow, along with her husband and two children, lost their home – as did her parents – along with their small business.

“After so much loss, this is a testimony of endurance, strength, and love,” she wrote in a post on YouTube. “She is an amazing family cat and we are so happy to have her back into our arms – especially for our 6 year old, Ellie.”


  • savescrantonhistory

    If I were that cat I would’ve scratched the families eyes out for abandoning me in the fire. Pets are not just possessions, even if the law only views them as such most times.

    • jollyhole

      You have no idea what this family went through. You have no idea if they could or couldn’t have done more to save this animal. Fires move quickly and unpredictably.

      • savescrantonhistory

        Sorry. But I don’t care if there’s a tornado, flood or even fire bearing down on me. My pets are part of my family and they’re leaving with me or I’m not leaving.

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