updated 09/23/2011 AT 8:00 AM ET
•originally published 09/23/2011 AT 8:40 AM ET
Willow the cat is going home.
She spent five years away from her family in Boulder, Colo., and was found some 1,800 miles away in New York City. She made headlines, met Anderson Cooper, and finally, has reunited with the people who thought they had lost her for good.
The entire Squires family – Chris, Jamie, Shelby, Jack and Lola – traveled to New York to meet Willow on Thursday night. Did Willow recognize her long-lost family? “I think so, I think she did,” dad Chris told Matt Lauer on the Today show Friday.