“Boulder, Colo. apparently just wasn’t exciting enough for Willow, the calico kitty.
The cat ran away five years ago on what seems to have been a truly Incredible Journey: she turned up Wednesday in Manhattan – a staggering 1,800 miles away from home.
Her owners were blown away when shelter workers called to say a tiny microchip planted under Willow’s skin had identified their long lost pet.
“When we first heard the voicemail, we couldn’t believe it,” said Jamie Squires. “My husband and I didn’t want to tell the kids until we knew it was definitely her. They emailed the photo and it was her. The kids are so excited.”
A man found the cat yesterday wandering on E 20th St. and brought her to the Animal Care and Control’s Manhattan shelter.
“No one knows how the cat made her way from Colorado to New York City, but we are happy she is safe and will soon be back with her owners,” said Julie Bank, executive director of Animal Care & Control.
“This miracle story underscores the importance of having some sort of identification on your pet and the effectiveness of a microchip.”
Squires said the cat ran off during home renovations.
“We know there is a family of coyotes nearby,” she told the Daily News. “We thought she had been eaten.”
A truly “incredible journey” indeed.
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