Cat feared dead in 2018 California mudslide is found alive

A pet cat believed killed along with her owner in a huge mudslide has been found three years later.

The Animal Shelter Assistance Program in Santa Barbara County says the calico named Patches was brought in as a stray last month and a microchip scan revealed her identity.Patches had been missing since Jan. 9, 2018, when a rainstorm on the vast burn scar of the Thomas Fire sent a debris-laden torrent crashing down through hillside neighborhoods of Montecito, northwest of Los Angeles.
Patches, who had been missing since Jan. 9, 2018, rests at Animal Shelter Assistance Program in Santa Barbara, Calif., on Jan. 11, 2021.Jillian Title/Animal Shelter Assistance Program via AP
Twenty-three people were killed, including cat owner Josie Gower. The devastation of the debris flow was so terrible that the bodies of two victims were never found.The ASAP shelter says Patches was found less than a quarter-mile from where her Montecito home stood.She was reunited with Gower’s partner, Norm Borgatello, on New Year’s Eve.
Patches reunited with a family friend Norm Borgatelloat Animal Shelter Assistance Program on Dec. 31, 2020. The Animal Shelter Assistance Program in Santa Barbara County says the calico was brought in as a stray last month and a microchip scan revealed her identity.Jillian Title/Animal Shelter Assistance Program via AP
“Though we don’t know exactly what she’s been doing with her life for the past three years, we can see that both Patches and Norm are thrilled to be reunited,” the shelter said in a Facebook post.

Watch Out For Your Dogs Feet in the Summer. Hot pavement can burn your dogs paws rather quickly. To see if it’s too hot for your dog place the back of your hand on the pavement – if you can’t hold it there for 5 seconds it’s too hot for your dog. On really hot days consider walking your dog in the woods, on the grass, or waiting til the sun goes down.

A livestream ceremony to remember the 23 victims was held last week on the third anniversary of what has become known as the “1/9 Debris Flow.”