Willow disappeared five years ago, when she got out and ran off during a renovation at her Broomfield, CO home. She was found today by a man on East 20th Street in Manhattan, NYC and taken to Animal Care and Control. Julie Bank, executive director of the Manhattan ACC says Willow is healthy and does not appear to have been out on the streets for long.
Willow was ID’d by the microchip implanted when she was a kitten, and she will be reunited with the Squires family, now of Boulder. When the family moved they remembered to update their information with the microchip company, making the process of reuniting cat and family simple and easy.
How Willow made the 1,600 mile journey, and who she may have been with are anybody’s guess. Jamie Squires was “shocked and astounded”, in her words, to learn that Willow was found alive and in New York, saying “When we first heard the voicemail, we couldn’t believe it”. Willow was thought by the family to have fallen victim to a coyote or owl. “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.”
The Squires’ are trying to arrange transport, and Willow is expected to stay with a foster family for at least two weeks until she can rejoin her long-lost family.
We are curious about Willow’s story during those five years between the time she disappeared from her home and today, and will look for any updates that may shed light on the rest of her story.