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Missing Beloved 'SWAT Cat' Returns to Boston Police Department

It's a happy day at the Boston Police department because of the special return of one of their own.

SWAT Cat returned to the station early Thursday morning. Boston Police Department

The beloved "SWAT Cat," who had made her home with the Boston Police Department's Special Weapons and Tactics team and disappeared in late November, returned early Thursday morning.

"The team is very excited, very happy that she's OK," Boston Police Department spokesperson Rachel McGuire told Dateline. "You never know what could happen in the city so the fact she returned safely is wonderful."

Many feared the furry fixture was lost forever or worse, killed. But all were relieved when the friendly kitty reappeared more than a month after Boston Police officials sent out a plea for help finding her.

It is unclear where "SWAT Cat" has been the past few weeks. Officials mentioned the cat had lost some weight, but she seems to be all right.

"She has a home here as long as she wants," McGuire added.

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The once-stray calico became the unofficial mascot of the unit after turning up at the station three years ago. The SWAT sweetie had made a home at the unit's headquarters, lounging on the hoods of armed vehicles and rubbing against officers during mealtime.

Team members helped get her spayed, vaccinated, and micro-chipped. Her home was built alongside the team's equipment: a kennel with a special heating pad and her food bowl.