​Cat Nine Years Was Missing, Pet Returns Home

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January 8, 2013
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A Siamese cat named Vanilla has returned to its owner nine years later after the pet was reportedly missing. Dara Gerson was in complete shock when she received a phone call from the San Francisco Animal Control stating that they had her pet that went missing almost a decade ago.

“It was the best Christmas present our family got,” Gerson told ABC. “We got a call from an officer at the animal control and asked if I was the owner of a cat named Vanilla. And I was like, ‘Well, yeah, a really long time ago.’ We were literally jumping around and screaming and going bananas. We were absolutely devastated when he went missing.”

When the cat first ran away she and her daughters searched for days, but after years of him not showing back up it seemed highly unlikely that he would be returning. She never thought she would see Vanilla again. Gerson even moved from Sausalito, California to Topanga.

Apparently, Vanilla found a new place to call home six hours away, in Noe Valley. However, his new owner was recently diagnosed with dementia and was unable to care for him anymore. So, the San Francisco Animal Control was called to take custody of him.

“We don’t know how he got Vanilla at all, but we took him into custody because his then owner wasn’t able to take care of him,” Kristen Hall, a worker with Animal Care and Control, told ABC News.

Luckily, the Gerson family had a microchip implanted in Vanilla when they first got him.

“Whenever an animal comes in, we scan them for microchips. Vanilla had a microchip, and it did not match up to the person he had been living with, which was the man that had been hospitalized. But it matched up to Dara, who had the same cell phone as all those years ago.”