The Boston SWAT Cat Is Back!

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The SWAT cat in the photo released by police after she disappeared. (Screengrab: BPDnews)
Yep, that’s her, the little cat whose disappearance made the Boston SWAT officers so sad. She’s a little thin, but OK after being gone for more than a month. (Screengrab: BDPNews)

She’s back. The little calico female whose vanishing act prompted the Boston Police to issue a public plea for help has returned, safe and sound, police said.

“At about 7:00 AM this morning, Thursday, January 14, 2016, exactly one month after we posted a request for help finding the missing “SWAT Cat,” officers from the BPD Special Weapons and Tactics Team observed their beloved mascot return to their base on Warren Street in Roxbury!”

For two years, the SWAT cat had been showing up every day for food and belly rubs. “She had become part of the family,” one officer said when she first disappeared. “But it’s sad, she’s not there. It’s like going to work and not seeing a well-liked coworker.”

Anyone who has ever had a cat disappear knows the emotional roller coaster experienced by the Boston cops: alarm and dismay is followed by worry and a heartsick feeling that you will never see your cat again. You look everywhere for her and ask for help as hopes fades. Then you finally give up and begin to grieve. If you are among the fortunate few whose cat comes back, the feeling of elation and relief is profound. (No wonder the official police announcement included an exclamation mark at the end.)

“The SWAT Team wants to thank the community for keeping an eye out for the feline and for all the calls and emails of support. The officers are just happy that she was safe all this time.”

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