The officers of the Boston Police Department have let out a collective sigh of relief — and have probably shared some celebratory high fives — after their beloved SWAT Cat came back.
Exactly one month and one day ago, the Special Weapons and Tactics team announced the cat, who serves as the department’s unofficial mascot, had disappeared from its headquarters. They asked the public to report any sightings of the orange and black calico cat, crossed their fingers and hoped for the best. And early on Thursday morning, the best happened: SWAT Cat returned to their base in Boston’s Roxbury neighborhood.
— Boston Police Dept. (@bostonpolice) January 14, 2016
“The SWAT Team wants to thank the community for keeping an eye out for the feline and for all the calls and emails of support,” the Boston Police Department said in a statement. “The officers are just happy that she was safe all this time.”
Boston Police Department spokesperson Rachel McGuire told Dateline that SWAT Cat had lost some weight while she was gone, but otherwise seems to be in good health.
SWAT Cat has been a part of the team for the past two years and, since her arrival at the SWAT headquarters, the officers have had her spayed and microchipped and have built her a custom kennel.
We’re glad you made it home safely, SWAT Cat.