Cat separated from owner found 8 years later, 1,000 miles away

(Source: Angels for Animals Facebook/Google Maps)
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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) An Ohio animal shelter is trying to reunite a cat with its owners in Florida after being separated nearly eight years ago.

Barley was brought into Angels for Animals as a stray over the weekend.

Shelter workers at Angels for Animals were able to scan the cat's microchip, which is when they discovered that Barley had been missing for eight years from her family in Tampa, Florida. She was found nearly 1,100 miles from home.

The cat's owners were contacted. They said they initially found Barley as a 6-week-old kitten in a dumpster. She managed to escape from the family when they were moving to a new home, according to Angels for Animals.

"This is a prime example of why micro-chipping your pet can be one of the most important things that you can do for them! It may have taken 8 years to get home, but home this girl is going!" Angels for Animals posted on Facebook.

Angels for Animals is now trying to coordinate a flight from Northeast Ohio or the Pittsburgh area to her family in Florida.

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Barley had been missing for eight years, but her microchip is helping her get home (Source: Angels for Animals Facebook)