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BooBoo the cat ‘hitchhikes’ from California to Canada, and turns up four years later looking very well-fed

A tabby cat who went missing from California four years ago has turned up in Ontario, Canada, and her owner believes she may have ‘hitchhiked’ there. BooBoo the cat went missing from Watsonville in 2013, and her owner, Ashley Aleman, feared she had been lost forever.

BooBoo the cat "hitchiked" from California to Canada. Image: Ashley Aleman
BooBoo the cat “hitchiked” from California to Canada. Image: Ashley Aleman

The adventurous kitty was anonymously handed in to the Guelph Humane Society in Ontario last week. They reported that she was in fantastic shape and was so well-fed, she might need to go on a diet when she was reunited with her owner. Luckily BooBoo was microchipped so the shelter could contact her amazed owner, who had a theory about how her cat ended up 2000 miles away. Booboo, it appears, has always had a penchant for hopping into strangers’ cars, and Ashley suspects that this is how she may have ended up in another country.

BooBoo the cat "hitchiked" from California to Canada. Image: Guelph Human eSociety
BooBoo the cat “hitchhiked” from California to Canada. Image: Guelph Humane Society

Ashley successfully raised the money to have BooBoo returned to Watsonville through a GoFund Me page. Animal protection officers brought her to New York and handed her over to Ashley’s mother, and the intrepid feline was flown to California from there. “BooBoo made it home safe and sound last night,” Ashley reported on her GoFund Me page. “I can’t express enough how thankful I am to everyone that has helped and supported my family and I through this crazy journey. Anyone who has a pet that isn’t microchipped please do so! My cat made it from Watsonville, California, to Guelph, Ontario! A long journey, but she is home safe and sound.”

Sounds like a purrfect ending to us!

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