If BooBoo the cat could talk, she’d have quite a story to tell.
The brown tabby disappeared from her Watsonville home in 2013, leaving her family heartbroken. Almost four years later, she was found – about 3,000 miles away in Ontario, Canada.
BooBoo’s owner, Ashley Aleman, told CBC News that the family had given up looking for her and hearing the news was completely unexpected.
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“The magic of the microchip is that people can be reunited with their pets – even four years after they’ve disappeared,” McBride told the San Francisco Chronicle.
GHS Executive Director Adrienne McBride says BooBoo is in “fantastic shape.” She had been so well-fed that she actually might need to go on a diet when she gets home.
How BooBoo ended up in Canada may remain a mystery, but her owner has a hunch. Aleman says the cat has a habit of hopping into cars and might have hitched a ride.
Animal protection officers will transport BooBoo across the border Friday to Aleman’s mother in Buffalo, N.Y. Then the cat will take a cross-country flight back home to California.
Aleman told The Sacramento Bee that she and her family found BooBoo as a kitten in Watsonville in April 2011. The cat will be 6 this year.
“I’m extremely excited to get her back,” Aleman told The Sacramento Bee. “My mother is on a plane ride right now to Buffalo, N.Y.”
“I already told my husband, you better prepare yourself because I’m going to lose it, I’m going to break down and I’m going to cry, because it was a hard thing to lose her,” Aleman told CBC News.
Aleman has created a page to help with the cat’s travel expenses: “Getting my cat back from Canada.”