DETROIT, Mich. — A cat who got separated from its family more than a year ago was recently found 4,000 miles from its owners’ new home.
According to KHON, the cat got lost 19 months ago when its family moved from Hawaii to Michigan. The animal wandered away from a United Cargo Hold flight, but had a microchip installed for tracking.
Bill Antilla, a volunteer for Hawaii CatFriends, a nonprofit group that spays and neuters feral cats on Oahu, told the station he came across the Siamese cat, named Bogie, “about six or eight months ago” while feeding stray cats on the island.
“Bogie started showing up periodically,” said Antilla. He told KHON the cat seemed friendlier than most, so he borrowed a microchip scanner to see if it was in fact not a stray.
KHON reports that the Hawaiian Humane Society later traced it to a family in Detroit, Mich.
The cat was shipped back to its family Thursday afternoon.
“They’re so excited to have him back,” said CatFriends president Jennifer Kishimori, whose organization helped organize the animal’s return. “They said now when they brought him home, they have carpeting, and he’s thrilled to roll around on carpeting and not on the street anymore.”