Last week’s ‘cat reunited with owner’ story was about Bigga, a British kitty returned to his family after eight years, thanks to microchip technology and the dedicated work of the RSPCA. This week, Charles, another lost kitty, was traced back to his owner through his microchip eight months after he went missing. However the far more amazing part of the story is that Charles, an Abluquerque resident, was found 1300 miles from home in Chicago! And how he got there, no one has a clue.
Back in August, owner Robin Alex was volunteering with Habitat for Humanity in New Orleans.
She left Charles in the care of her roommate, who let him out; he vanished, according to the Sun Times.
This week, Chicago Animal Care and Control picked up Charles. Fortunately Charles had a microchip, so animal control officers were able to trace him back to an elated Alex.
Unfortunately, Alex didn’t have the money to fly Charles back to Chicago. Luckily, a fellow cat owner from Albuquerque headed to Chicago for a wedding heard the news and offered to bring Charles back with him on his return flight. An Albuquerque company donated a carrier and American Airlines waived Charles’ airfare, the Associated Press reports.
So far Charles isn’t talking about his big adventure. No one is expecting he walked the 1300 miles. More than likely someone found Charles and took him to Chicago.
In any case, these recent cat reunion stories should convince any cat or dog owner about the value of having your pet implanted with a microchip, keeping your contact information with the microchip company current and never giving up hope your pet will return.