"If you’re going to San Francisco, be sure to wear some flowers in your hair" goes the opening line to the 1960s anthem by one-hit-wonder singer Scott McKenzie.
In Squishy the cat’s case, he did go — without the flowers but equipped with a microchip — traveling nearly 80 miles from his home.
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Squishy was reunited with his owner last week because of the efforts of a feral rescue volunteer for the San Francisco SPCA.
Squishy was "very friendly," SPCA spokesperson Krista Maloney told the paper, and when he was scanned for a microchip, they found he had gone missing a month ago from his home in Lathrop, located in California’s Central Valley.
"We have no idea how Squishy got to San Francisco," Maloney added, noting that the cat’s reunion is an example of why it's important for pet owners to microchip their animals and keep their contact information up to date.
"The two had a very happy reunion and Squishy is now back home where he belongs," reads a Facebook post documenting the rescue return.
The owner of the cat, identified by the shelter as “Savannah,” was overjoyed after she got word that her pet was alive and well, the paper reported.
“Squishy’s owner, Savannah, immediately dropped everything to come and pick him up,” the shelter posted on Facebook. “The two had a very happy reunion and Squishy is now back home where he belongs. Please microchip your pets!”