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Missing Arizona cat ends up in central Wisconsin


We all know the saying, cats have nine lives.
Well, you could say one cat in our area has a lot more than that. It's an incredible story that some are calling a miracle.

A family in Tucson, AZ thought they'd never seen their cat again. He went missing more than 10 months ago. But on Monday, they would get the surprise of a lifetime. That surprise would be a call from the South Wood County Humane Society, telling them their cat had shown up, about two thousand miles away.

The cat's name is Ace, and he's a 10-year-old Siamese. How exactly Ace made it from Arizona to Wisconsin, we may never know. But shelter leaders say it's quite a story.

"Unfortunately he did not have a collar, there was no note," said South Wood County Humane Society Executive Director Bridget Chariton.

Shelter leaders scanned Ace for a microchip. That's a chip that's implanted in the animal to identify the owner. That's when shelter officials found out where Ace came from.

"When we found out that literally, he was from Arizona, it was quite a shock," said Chariton.

Ace went missing from his home in Arizona ten months ago and his family thought the worst.

"I mean, we thought he was dead," said Ace's owner Joanne Ferguson.

Earlier this week, Ferguson would get to see her cat once again.

"Oh this is awesome you guys. This is just amazing," said Ferguson.

All the way in Arizona, Ace's owner video chatted online with officials at the humane society here in Wisconsin, seeing Ace for the first time in close to a year.

"I got to tell you, I'm glad you're okay but you're grounded," Ferguson joked.

All jokes aside, shelter officials say without Ace's microchip, he may never have seen his family again.

"If Ace didn't have a microchip, he would have sat here for seven days and then would have been adopted out. We would have no way of knowing he was originally from Arizona," said Chariton.

Now, we may never know how Ace got to Wisconsin from Arizona, but shelter officials say one thing is for sure, "If cats could talk, what Ace would say, he would have quite the grand tale," said Chariton.

Ace was checked out by a veterinarian and was given a clean bill of health. The 10-year-old cat actually gained a pound during his journey. He's set to fly back to Arizona later this week.

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