Oh, the Benefits of the Microchip!


Do you remember the "Homeward Bound" movies?  If you arent familiar with them, they are childrens 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!

Courtesy of Science.Howstuffworks.com

Visit your local veterinarian to set your beloved pets up with a microchip!

Featured Photo Courtesy of Theatlantic.com

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Mary on June 22 at 10:15 AM said:

I want to second what Daniel is talking about here. I'm at the BlogPaws Conference in Salt Lake City and just heard the cofounder of PetFinder.com, Betsy Saul, tell us that only 2.5% of lost cats ever get returned to their owners. And 55% of cats in shelters die there. So PLEASE, get your cat microchipped so your cat doesn't end up in one without a tie to finding their way back to you!
Amber on June 22 at 12:19 PM said:

as much as the importance of microchipping, what people need to remember is the importance of *registering* the chips and keeping their info up-to-date! this story is a great example of people who did everything right, but about a month ago, a friend of mine found herself in the most annoying of situations. she'd found a purebred Golden Retriever, and the dog was microchipped...but the chip was never registered! she ended up talking to 2 different vets & 2 different microchip companies...was able to trace the chip back to the breeder who sold the dog originally...got some outdated info (including the owner's former name, as she'd since married) on the owner from the breeder...and after some further research, was actually able to find current info on the owner and get the dog back home. that dog got lucky. not many people would go to that much trouble, but unless you register the chip and keep your info up-to-date, that's basically what you're relying on!
Joan on June 22 at 12:46 PM said:

http://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/microchips-pet/ I would not have microchipped our two Borzo girls if I had informed consent.
Joan on June 22 at 12:49 PM said:

I think my comment was erased or not posted because it had a link in it. Check out Dogs Naturally Magazine microchip article. I would not have microchipped our 2 Borzoi girs if I had informed consent.
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