A Missing Cat Found Three Years Later After Surviving Mudslide

A pet cat that was believed and has been reunited with one of the people from her old life.Patchesthe calico cat went missing on the night that debris flows tore through Montecito in January 2018, according to ASAP, an animal shelter based in nearby Santa Barbara. Her owner, who the group identified just asJosie, was killed in the mudslides. Heavy rain on hills where wildfires had burned caused horrible mudslides that killed 23 people and destroyed 107 homes.

In a Facebook post, the ASAP wrote: "It was assumed that Patches had passed away along with her owner Josie who was, tragically, a victim of the mudslides." However, someone found Patches as a stray cat last month and brought her into the shelter. Thanks to a microchip, ASAP was able to identify her owner as Josie, who had been a longtime supporter of ASAP, along with her partner,Norm, who survived the mudslide. The group arranged a reunion between Patches and Norm who "had no idea that she was still alive," according to ASAP