Pennay returned home for Christmas 2009 and took walks, thinking she might see her long-lost cat. Pennay says she was about to give up when she noticed something furry and gray near a garage.
Pennay says her "heart just stopped" when she recognized her kitty.
The animal is back with an uncle. Pennay, who has returned to France, does not know where Simon has been since Ike came ashore in September 2008.