A tabby cat and her owner were reunited after the beloved pet went missing thirteen years ago, a rare happy ending in the annals of lost pet sagas.
Boo was only four years old when she disappeared from her home in Harrogate, England, in 2005. Her bereft human, Janet Adamowicz, hung posters around town and even placed an ad in the local paper, but to no avail.
After searching for a year, Adamowicz finally lost hope and moved on to adopt two other cats, Ollie and Tessie.
Fast forward 13 years when she got an unexpected call from a vet 40 miles away.
I got a call on Thursday to say I had a cat missing. I said ‘I don’t think I do, they’re both here’ – but they said we’ve looked on the system it says you own a cat called Boo. I thought it was weird, but I couldn’t believe it when I got to the vets and they had her there – and she still remembered me.
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People were moved to tears, told their own stories (some that did not end well), and speculated on Boo’s motives and whereabouts:
It’s not certain how Boo wound up so far away or what she was doing for all those years, though Adamowicz speculates she was living as a stray.
I don’t know where she had been, I think possibly a stray but kept being fed by strangers – or catching her own food.
We don’t know how she got all those 40 miles, it could have been any number of reasons. She has done well as a 17-year-old cat to last that long as a stray cat – it really is remarkable.
Boo was found by an anonymous woman who took the cat to Wicstun Vets in York. The now 17-year-old cat was in surprisingly good health.
According to BoredPanda, a spokesperson for the vet said the reunion was an emotional one:
There wasn’t a dry eye in the building. Boo recognized her mum straight away and within minutes the two were thoroughly enjoying plenty of face rubs, cuddles and meows.
Adamowicz is thankful for Boo’s return, though it may not have been quite the happy ending everyone was looking for:
Despite only being five-years-old she still remembers me and has been my shadow ever since coming home. The other two cats are not impressed, but hopefully Boo is finally home for good.
The vet office used microchip data to reconnect Boo with her owner. They’re viewing the story as an opportunity to emphasize the importance of micro-chipping your pets in case they go missing.
In the end, it’s just another case of the cat came back: