Henry, one of two cats owned by Trolley Stop owners Robin and Chris Sassenberg to go missing after the Memorial Day tornadoes, has been found.
Photo: Robin Sassenberg
Photo: Robin Sassenberg

Cat reunited with Dayton restaurant owners month after being lost in Memorial Day tornadoes 

Second cat still missing. 

The real Slim Shady has showed up. 

A Dayton cat has been reunited with his owners a month after disappearing during the Memorial Day tornado. 

Trolley Stop co-owner Robin Sassenberg shared a photo on her Facebook page of Slim Shady, her family’s blue Persian.

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The cat, one of three owned by Sassenberg and her husband Chris, was outside during the storm.

Henry, another cat, was returned to the family about three weeks after the storm.

The Sassenbergs are staying in the home of their daughter’s sister-in-law. 

Before Slim Shady was found, Robin Sassenberg had returned to the house daily to leave wet and dry food for him.

The Sassenbergs are apart of a series of stories about Daytonians recovering from the 15 tornadoes that hit the Dayton area on Memorial Day. 

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A month after a Memorial Day tornado seriously damaged her Dayton home, Robin Sassenberg is still looking for her cat and in a holding pattern as she waits to learn what is next. Video by Amelia Robinson

The owners of one of Dayton’s oldest taverns got good news in the shape of a yellow tabby with golden eyes.

Henry, one of two cats owned by Trolley Stop owners Robin and Chris Sassenberg to go missing after the Memorial Day tornadoes, has been found.

  

The four- bedroom home the Sassenbergs moved into 32 years ago on Hillsdale Ave. was badly damaged by the most powerful of the 15 tornadoes to assault the Dayton area Monday, May 27.

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The destructive storm came just days after Robin Sassenberg’s youngest son, 34-year-old Fletcher Austin, died in St. Louis while awaiting for a liver transplant.

The family and the community support they received was the subject of several stories this news organization published as part of the ongoing Stories of Survival series. 

Henry, one of two cats owned by Trolley Stop owners Robin and Chris Sassenberg to go missing after the Memorial Day tornadoes, has been found.
Photo: Robin Sassenberg

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The Sassenbergs raced to the basement of their home, which dates to 1926, moments before the tornado came. 

They carried their two dogs, Mini and Cooper, to the basement. Two of their three cats, Henry and Alice, came along. 

The third, Slim Shady, was outside when the tornado struck.

Frightened, Henry ran out of the house following the tornado. 

Robin and Chris Sassenberg's cat Slim Shady. The cat has been missing since the Memorial Day tornadoes.

Robin Sassenberg said city workers sweeping the streets spotted Henry in a window of the badly damaged cottage behind her home. He contacted one of her sons.

Sassenberg said Henry is happy to be back with his family.  

Slim Shady, a blue Persian, remains missing. 

The Trolley Stop, at 530 E. Fifth St. in the Oregon District, is the city’s oldest continually-operating bar. 

Established as the Liquor Room in the mid-1880s, the bar was named the Trolley Stop between 1976 and 1978 as gentrification transformed the neighborhood.

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