Humane Society of Vero Beach returns lost cat Ava to Georgia owner Ashley Moore

INDIAN RIVER COUNTY, Fla. - On Saturday, The Humane Society of Vero Beach and Indian River County reunited Ava, a two-year-old Tiffany cat, with her Georgia family.

After hitching a ride underneath a vehicle, Ava made the long 500-mile ride from Atlanta to Florida's Treasure Coast.

When a resident found the lost kitten on June 16, The Humane Society staff scanned Ava and discovered she had a microchip.

Though the chip linked to a phone number that was disconnected, after a little detective work they were able to locate an address for Ashley Moore, Ava's owner, in Savannah, Georgia.

Ava stayed at the shelter while arrangements were made to send get Ava back home.

But after those plans fell through at the last minute, The Humane Society stepped in and was able to reunite the adventurous feline to her "mom" in a Georgia parking lot.

Maria Ramierz, the shelter's Director of Animal Care, encourages other pet owners to microchip and ID their own pets and make sure their contact information is always kept up to date.