A cat that was missing for seven years from a Chesterville home was recently located in Florida.

The cat, named Ashes, disappeared from the home of Denise Cilley in August of 2015, the Livermore Falls Advertiser reported.

Cilley said that Ashes had disappeared on her daughter Katie’s 10th birthday, and that the family had worried that the cat was taken by a predator like a fox or fisher.

However, in January, Cilley received a phone call from a Longwood, Florida, based veterinarian who told her that a cat with a microchip registered to Cilley was found, according to the Livermore Falls newspaper.

Cilley was unsure at first, but after confirming that the cat was a female gray tabby, she knew that it was Ashes, she told the newspaper.

One of Cilley’s friends was able to make arrangements to reunite Ashes with the Cilley family, and Ashes is expected to return to Maine within the next week.

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Leela Stockley

Leela Stockley is an alumna of the University of Maine. She was raised in northern Maine, and loves her cat Wesley, her puppy Percy and staying active in the Maine outdoors.