A runaway cat has been reunited with its Melbourne family almost two years after it vanished.
Willow the tabby’s owners went above and beyond to find her, and have a stranger to thank for her return.
You could call Julianne Beck a “crazy cat lady,” but she prefers “pet detective.”
She quite literally had a “cat-catching kit,” including a torch for looking under parked cars.
“You name it, I’ve got it,” she told 7NEWS.
Finding Willow became something of an obsession.
And after 22 months of searching high and low, the mother of seven has closed the case.
Willow was found 25 kilometres from home in Clayton by a stranger who called the RSPCA.
What she’s been doing for the past 22 months is anyone’s guess.
Did she get in a car and hitch a ride? Was she stolen?
“I think she was looking for home, but she was going in the wrong direction,” Julianne said.
After going to extreme lengths to bring her pet home, Julianne hopes she will never need her cat-catching kit ever again.
She now wants to track down the stranger who found Willow and say thank you to them.
“A microchip only works if someone picks them up and takes them for a scan,” she said.
“I can’t thank those people enough and I want them to get in contact.”
And after so long away from home, if Willow ever wanders again, Julianne said it would be on the end of a cat-walking harness.
“Now I can drive to the shops without looking in every front yard,” she added.