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A Christmas miracle: Cat reunited with her family after seven years

SAN DIEGO — ‘Twas a very merry Christmas for a cat named Sophia!

She went missing from her family in Arizona seven years ago and found her way to the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA over the weekend. Thanks to her microchip, the San Diego Humane Society was able to contact Sophia’s family, and a Humane Society staff member will be flying Sophia back to Phoenix today.

“We heard that the family was unable to get Sophia back home to Arizona so we decided to do whatever it takes to get her back to them,” said Gary Weitzman, president of the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA.

“Everyone deserves to be home for the holidays, so we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to get Sophia back to her family. This is another great testament to the importance of the microchip.”

Sophia’s mom, Trish Oster, was overjoyed.

“I was shocked to hear that she was OK after seven years! I didn’t know how I was going to manage getting her from San Diego. I’m so grateful to the San Diego Humane Society for bringing my Sophia back to me. It’s the best Christmas gift I could have asked for,” Oster said.

’Twas a very merry Christmas indeed!