Do you remember the “Homeward Bound” movies? If you aren’t familiar with them, they are children’s movies that tell about the adventures of two dogs and a cat that get separated from their family and have to find their way back home!
Well this story came to life with Willow, a Colorado cat that decided to take a trip. This story dates back to September of 2011, but it was recently shared with us and we decided it was too amazing to not share!
In 2006, Willow started out her day like many before with her family in Boulder, CO. A few days later when Willow did not show up back at home, the owners grew concerned, Jamie Squires, the owner of the cat said “To be honest, there are tons of coyotes around here, and owls.” She goes on, “She was just a little thing, five and a half pounds. We put out the `Lost Cat’ posters and the Craigslist thing, but we actually thought she’d been eaten by coyotes.”
Amazingly, Willow was found on the streets in New York by a gentleman who brought her to a local shelter. They scanned her microchip and because her family had updated their information on it even after moving, they were easy to locate… even though FIVE YEARS had passed, and she’d traveled 1,800 miles! She appeared well fed and in good health.
Of course we will never know what adventures Willow truly encountered on her trip across the US, but this story speaks volumes about the importance of having your animals microchiped. Every pet owning family knows the sad feeling when their dog or cat gets lost.
Of course we always want to make sure they end up back in their warm and loving homes. The best way to ensure that your pet will make it back is with the microchip. It can vary by where you live, but often it can cost 20 dollars or so and your pet is safe! It does not hurt them and they cannot feel it, but they will be thankful that you took the extra steps to make sure they will always be coming home to you!
Visit your local veterinarian to set your beloved pets up with a microchip!
Featured Photo Courtesy of Theatlantic.com