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This cat went missing for EIGHT years but has finally been reunited with her owner

After travelling 1,000kms, Ally the cat is ~finally~ home!

By Erin Cook

Fact: There’s no such thing as kiiiind of loving your cat. As a rule, cat owners are obsessed with their feline friends (present company included).

So, you can imagine how upset Wollongong woman Krista was when her beloved (and cute AF) cat Ally went missing eight years ago. “She went missing about eight years ago when we were living on the Sunshine Coast,” Krista said. “One night she just didn’t come home, which was very out of character for her. She always came home knocking on the screen door every night... Ally was a very friendly cat so we thought she’d gone to visit some people.”

When Ally didn’t come home, Krista searched for her, contacting shelters, vets and local agencies. Despite doing all the right things, Ally remained missing: “We were very sad when she didn’t come home.”

Fortunately, this story has a happy ending — Ally the cat has been returned to her forever home! No less than EIGHT years after she went walkabout, Krista got a call to say Ally had been found. “I got a phone call out of the blue and I was very shocked to hear someone on the other end of the line say, ‘Is your cat missing from Nambour in Queensland?’” Krista said. Despite missing her cat for eight years, it didn’t take long for her to put two and two together: “I thought, oh my goodness, and I knew straight away they must have been referring to Ally.”

Now, Krista lives in Wollongong, so Ally had to travel 1,000kms to be reunited with her owner!

If Ally hadn’t been microchipped, she’d still be a lost lil catto. So this is a timely reminder to microchip your pets. This weekend, Saturday October 21 and Sunday 22, PETstock is holding a nationwide microchip blitz, implanting animals for just $10 — often, the procedure can cost up to $80 so that’s a faction of the cost. Doggos, cattos and other small animals can be microchipped, so take ‘em in! You won’t regret it.