Janet Adamowicz was heartbroken when Boo, her beloved cat, fled home in 2005 when she was only four years old. She did her best to find Boo, placing ‘ missing ‘ posters around her home town of Harrogate, England, and even placing a local paper ad about her. Janet gave up hope after a year of fruitless searching and finally decided to give two other cats a home, first Ollie in 2008, then Tessie in 2014. That’s
Janet gave up hope after a year of fruitless searching and finally decided to give two other cats a home, first Ollie in 2008, then Tessie in 2014. That’s what she was thinking. She could only hope that Boo discovered a new home and that she was alive and well. But then, Thirteen years later, she received a blue call. “Thursday I received a call to say I missed a cat,” Janet said. “I said ‘ I don’t think I’m doing it, the two are here ‘ – But they said we’ve been looking at the system that says you’ve got a cat called Boo. I thought it was strange, but when I got to the vets and they had her there, I couldn’t think it – and she still remembered me.
“I don’t know where she was, I believe maybe she’s a stray one, but she’s been fed by strangers – or catching her own food.”
For all those years, Boo was in remarkably excellent health for her era and fending for herself, displaying only signs of fatigue and a bit of dehydration. An anonymous lady took her to Wicstun Vets in York, with no other data than the reality that the cat was discovered 40 miles away in a town and had been lurking around for a couple of weeks.
“As a young kitten, Boo was very lively and enjoyed the outdoors and adventure, but would always return home,” explained Janet. “We don’t understand how she got all those 40 miles, it might have been a whole host of reasons. She did well to last that long as a stray cat as a 17-year-old cat–it’s really remarkable.
“Although she was only five years old, she still remembers me and has been my shadow ever since she came back. Boo is finally home for good, the other two cats are not impressed, but hopefully.”
There were emotional scenes when the couple was lastly reunited, according to the vets to which Boo was returned. “The building didn’t have a dry eye,” said a spokesman for the vet. “Boo immediately acknowledged her mother and the two enjoyed plenty of face rubs, cuddles and meows in minutes.”
They had made the link using microchip data from 2001, matching the name of Boo with the mobile number of Janet. The vets used the opportunity to urge all pet owners to micro-chip their cats just in case they’re missing because, as this story shows, you just never know! Scroll down to see for yourself the notable tale of Boo and let us know what you’re thinking about in the remarks!