Missing From Colorado, Willow Cat Found In New York

Published: Sep 16, 2021

A Colorado cat has been found wandering a street in New York. She went missing from its home near the Rocky Mountains nearly 5 years ago, after a contractor left a door open. The feline was identified thanks to a microchip placed in the her when she was a kitten.

The cat, named Willow, will be reunited with her family in Colorado, who long ago gave up that someone would turn it in. “To be honest, there are tons of coyotes around here, and owls,” said owner Jamie Squires, of Boulder.

“She was just a little thing, five and a half pounds. We put out the ‘Lost Cat’ posters and the Craigslist thing, but we actually thought she’d been eaten by coyotes,” added Squires.

A man found “Willow The Cat” on East 20th Street in Manhattan and took her to a local shelter. The Animal Care and Control, of NYC then contacted the Squires. Jamie and her husband Chris said they were “shocked and astounded” when they got the call.

At first, the couple did not want to tell their children until they knew for sure. My husband said, ‘Don’t say anything to the kids yet. We have to make sure,’” Squires said. “But then we saw the picture, and it was Willow. It’s been so long.”

It’s about 1.600 miles from Colorado to New York, and it is a complete mystery to everyone how the cat got so far away from home. “All our pets are micro chipped,” Squires said. “If I could microchip my kids, I would.”

“I don’t know what kind of life she’s had, so I don’t know what her personality will be like,” Squires said. When Willow disappeared, she said, “She was a really cool cat, really sweet.” The ACC and the Squireses were trying to arrange for transportation back to Colorado and health certificates and said it might be two weeks before the reunion. Willow may spend some time with a foster family in New York.

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