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HOUSTON - A Houston man proved he's willing to put his money on the line to find his missing cat. He cashed in part of his retirement savings as a reward for the person who found her.

Meet Dolly, the $5,000 cat.

"She's just like a child. That's the simplest way I could put it," said Keith Hardin.

Hardin didn't spend that much to adopt the exotic short hair. Dolly vanished New Year's Rve after someone broke into Hardin's Greenspoint apartment. He put up flyers and even found Charles Frey, a cat-lover, to help.

"One of my cats passed away from lung cancer a little more than a month ago and that motivated me to help Keith to try to find his cat," said Frey.

With a donation from Frey and a withdrawal from his 401K, Hardin was able to offer a whopping $5,000 in reward money.

"My mom just thinks I'm absolutely nuts to spend that much money on a cat. She's not a cat person, but I know she would have done it in a heartbeat for her dog, so," said Hardin.

After two and a half months, Hardin was contacted by a woman who said she found Dolly in a nearby complex.

"I couldn't stop shaking. My heart was completely in my throat. Just complete disbelief," said Hardin.

The "cat for cash" exchange happened in a public place and Dolly went for a checkup.

During that vet visit a microchip was implanted in Dolly.

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