Boston’s SWAT Cat, the multihued kitty who worked her way into the hearts of officers and became something of a good luck charm, is missing. Two weeks ago, SWAT Cat disappeared without a trace from the base and left officers in a state of shock.
Members of the Boston Police Special Weapons and Tactic Team (SWAT) befriended the stray cat, who had happened upon the Special Operations Unit headquarters in Roxbury, two years ago. The base served as HQ for SWAT officers, the hazardous materials response team, the motorcycle unit and, ultimately, the female tortoiseshell cat.
“You pull into the driveway and hope she will come running across the parking lot,” Officer Evon Burroughs told The Boston Globe. “She had become part of the family. But it’s sad, she’s not there. It’s like going to work and not seeing a well-liked coworker.”
SWAT Cat, who had been microchipped and spayed at the Animal Rescue League of Boston clinic, was deemed in good health before taking her duty post alongside the other officers. On the base, the cat thrived under the care and attention of her beloved doting officers; and, in turn, allowed her humans a pardon from their intense day-to-day.
“She was always cracking us up,” said Burroughs. “If you had time off in the summer days and went outside, she would come down and sit next to you.”
Although skilled at tracking criminals and immersing themselves in high-intensity conditions, the Unit was unprepared for this situation; and now, they are calling on the assistance of the public to bring SWAT Cat back home. Using social media, the team, along with Suesan Williams (a tailor for officers), have made their plea heard – now, they wait.
Knowing SWAT Cat’s fighter personality, Burroughs fears that the tortie might be dead; but he, and the rest of the department, are holding out hope that the little cat has taken up shelter with a kind stranger, who will scan the microchip, and return her to her rightful home.
“That would be awesome,” said Burroughs. “She was like the unit’s pet. She was just nice to have around.”