It's every pet owner's nightmare — with a very happy ending. Squishy the cat went missing a month ago from his home in Lathrop, California, and his worried owner just found out he was alive and well — and 80 miles away in San Francisco.
Squishy was brought into the San Francisco Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) by volunteers, and he was originally believed to be a feral cat. After all, volunteers regularly bring in feral cats to the organization so they can be spayed or neutered before returning to the great outdoors. However, San Francisco SPCA spokesperson Krista Maloney told SF Gate that this so-called feral cat was "very friendly."
The shelter staff members then scanned Squishy for a microchip — which he had — and they learned shortly afterward that he had been missing from a Lathrop home, of all places.
"We have no idea how Squishy got to San Francisco," Maloney said.
Regardless of Squishy's mysterious journey, he has now finally been reunited with his owner, who was visibly excited to see her beloved pet once again.
"Squishy’s owner, Savannah, immediately dropped everything to come and pick him up," the SF SPCA said in a Facebook post. "The two had a very happy reunion and Squishy is now back home where he belongs."
The SF SPCA used this heartwarming moment as an opportunity to remind all pet owners to microchip their pets. Clearly, it helped enormously in this case, so it's definitely a worthwhile move to make — especially if your fur baby is as quick on its feet as Squishy!
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