She thought it was a cruel April Fools joke when she got the call that her cat Rusty had been found. Stephanie Fulkerson had lost Rusty nine years ago in Otis Orchards, WA and had given up hope that she’d see him again.

I was really sad when I lost him, he was a really good cat, said Fulkerson.

Rusty was found about 12 miles away from his long-ago home and was taken in by SpokAnimal, who did a routine microchip scan upon intake. They got a hit on the chip and contacted Fulkerson on Friday, April 1st. After getting over her disbelief, Fulkerson drove to SpokAnimal was was reunited with Rusty.

Fulkerson’s not yet convinced that Rusty remembers her, but he does follow her around the house just like he did a decade ago.

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