A 13-year-old missing cat mystery was solved all thanks to the power of social media.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019
News 12 this Morning

AUGUSTA, Ga.(WRDW/WAGT) -- These cats all have one thing in common, they need a home. This one found hers thirteen years ago yet, she still ended up in the care of Augusta Animal Services.

"So Abby came in as a stray to Augusta Animal Services and we usually take a few cats or as many cats as we can from the shelters to try to find them homes," Dog networking agent, Alison Williams, said.

Unlike many cats, Abby was microchipped -- giving Abby's chance to find her owner 2,000 percent higher.

"The shelter actually scanned her for a microchip and found out that she was previously microchipped through Home Again and then she was actually previously spayed so we knew she was somebody's cat," Alison said.

So, Williams turned to social media.

"I went to the first one on South Carolina and she responded probably within 20 minutes that may of been her cat from 2006," Williams said

To her surprise, Kelly Mantrell, had been looking for Abby too.

"It just blows my mind that after so long she came back it just seems like fate," Mantrell said.

Thirteen years later, hundreds of miles apart, yet somehow reunited.

"I think the whole thing was just a miracle and was meant to happen," Williams said.

"She's an amazing cat," Mantrell said. "Someone must have had her for a while would imagine; she's so calm; so domesticated."

Experts say one in every three pets will go missing. Micro-chipping is an inexpensive way to help prevent some of these incidents.