Skip to comments.Lost Cat Reunited With Owner After 5 Years, Thanks to Microchip
Posted on 04/23/2014 5:25:50 PM PDT by nickcarraway
Virginia Fryback of Fort Wayne couldn't believe she was being contacted about her lost cat Charlie. He disappeared from home five years ago, and although she searched, he seemed to have vanished. That is until 10-year-old Charlie showed up at Fort Wayne Animal Care and Control on Monday.
Animal Control officials scanned the cat and discovered Charlie has a microchip that identifies Virginia Fryback as the owner.
We routinely scan all lost pets for a microchip and it's wonderful when we find one and can notify an owner that we have their lost pet. The chip has likely saved Charlie's life because most people choose to adopt a much younger cat, said Animal Control spokeswoman Peggy A. Bender.
Microchips are tiny transponders, about the size of a grain of rice, that use radio frequency waves to transmit information about an animal. They're designed to last about 25 years and they are implanted by a veterinarian or animal shelter just under the skin, usually right between the shoulder blades.
Fryback said that she is grateful that her veterinarian persuaded her to get a microchip for Charlie when he was a kitten. I never thought I'd see him again, said Fryback.
now just imagine this joy times a million the day we are reunited with our departed pets.
Nice story. Thanks!
Two cat household here. One was a shelter cat that we had chipped as a kitten. The other just showed up in our horse barn.
Declawed, starving, deaf, an old timer, obviously an indoor cat. He was likely a drop off as we live at the end of a no outlet lane. Only nine houses within a mile. We had to take him in.
Both are wonderful little guys.
Hope no hard feelings about the other day. I was just teasing you, not trying to pick a fight!
Well that settles it for me. Let’s put ‘em in EVERYBODY
We chipped our desert lynx. When we got our 5 year old rescue Dachshund, we chipped him too since he wanted to run off. Our old cattle dog is glued to Mr. Mercat. No risk of him leaving. Except at our farm I think he may be getting senile because he sometimes wanders off into the pasture and just stares into space. He’s 15.
My cat was born at the barn. Her Momma rejected her after her eyes opened. My wife bottle fed her and she almost didn't make it. My wife returned her to the barn when she got big enough. My wife and I separated and every time I went to feed and water the chickens she would crawl up in my lap. I had to bring her home here at the apartment. She went from flea infested, skin and bones to one of the coolest cats I've ever known. She's my buddy...
Keep close eye of the Cattle dog.
We had a elderly beagle wander off for two days .lucky my niece spotted him with across town.
we had a Siamese cat that would bring home really elderly cats who would die within a few weeks.
a unique little animal.
Nice image. It would also be nice if the story bothered to report whether Charlie the Cat remembered her prior home and people...
IB4TKP (In before the Kittyping!)
WHoops, meant to respond to you. Thanks for the ping!
My last cat escaped into the wild in Yosemite National Park. Im doubting she ever came anywhere to civilization after that.
Charlie can haz cheezburger!
Charlie can haz anything Charlie wants!
That’s a happy cat! Look at his paw...
I am so sad. My feral kitty lived outside for 10 years. We talked and visited everyday. She moved herself inside about a year ago. We had a blast. She was so smart and funny. I adored watching her and loving on her. About 3 weeks ago...she just dropped dead in the kitchen. I’m still shocked. I’m like...So you live outside for 10 years and avoid the owls, coyotes and every other predator...but come inside for 1 lousy year and croak? Not fair for either of us.
I’m pretty much a dog person and my dogs live to an old age so I’m pretty well prepared when they depart. I think I am more distressed about her death than I have been a pet in a long time. I admired her outside “smarts” and ability to transition to the inside And the fact that she finally accepted me. Dang little kitty.
I am a HUGE kitty person!!! So VERY sorry for your loss, HOWEVER
you gave her a VERY safe and secure place, most of all love till she
passed. MOST feral kitties NEVER have a person with the patience and
love it takes to convert a feral to a home kitty KUDOS to you!!!!
I’m very sorry for your loss. They do get into our hearts.
And the fact that she finally accepted me. Dang little kitty.
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I’m really sorry for your loss. Some special animals get deep into our hearts. And I think former ferals are especially likely to do so. There is something really special about an animal finally “crossing the Rubicon” of animal/human trust and accepting you. She must have thought you were pretty danged special youself.
((((((((Hugs)))))))), so sorry to read of your dear cat’s sudden passing.
Good on you for taking in the “drop off” and giving him a good home, which is all any kitteh really wants. Bet you are rewarded with purrs:)
Years ago I found a “drop off” kitten at a friend’s country house one night, friend didn’t want it so I took it home. A female, probably six weeks old. Since I lived in a “no pets” apartment, I had to get her a home pronto. I checked newspapers, found a “lost cat” ad, went over to the house. Charming couple, who had a pedigreed Persian, their lost cat hadn’t turned up so they took my foundling to be company for their Persian. I felt really great about the outcome and so did “Phoebe,” who I’d named because it sounded like “feed me.”
Moral of story: If you need to get rid of a kitty, check with people who have lost their own cats. Take kitty with you, how can they resist? I actually did that with two different foundlings with good results.
Me too, Grumpy. Me too.
AMEN to that!
:) You are awesome.
She would have vanished long ago. Most of the barn cats do. There’s coyotes that roam around there. And free range chickens disappear if they don’t roost in the rafters. I’ve had her for over 2 years now. I harness her and take her for walks. She loves the balcony.