Experts say one in three cats will go missing. Microchipping will give a missing cat a 2,000 percent higher chance at being returned to the owner. In the case of Abby, it took 13 years for the lost cat to be reunited with her owner.
Abby ended up in the care of Augusta Animal Services in Augusta, Georgia. She was scanned for a microchip where it was discovered she had been previously microchipped through Home Again. Abby was also spayed so the shelter know she was somebody’s cat.
Alison Williams is a dog networking agent who decided to turn to social media asking for help in finding Abby’s family. In an interview with WRDW12 News Alison said
“I went to the first one on South Carolina and she responded probably within 20 minutes that may of been her cat from 2006. I think the whole thing was just a miracle and was meant to happen.”
As it turns out, Kelly Mantrell had been looking for Abby for years. Although they were hundreds of miles apart (the news article didn’t say where Kelly lives), the microchip played a major role because it let the shelter know that Abby had a home out there somewhere.
Kelly believes someone had Abby for awhile and took good care of her and described Abby as ‘calm and domesticated.’
“It just blows my mind that after so long she came back it just seems like fate. She’s an amazing cat.”
There are too many reasons a cat can become lost. Natural disasters, burglaries, accidentally slipped out the door are just a few. There are very few happy ending stories for pets who are not microchipped. Having your pet chipped will give you the best chance at not becoming one of them.
Click here for the video of Abby and her mom.