Missing cat returned to owner after five years

Virginia Fryback and her cat Charlie

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – A microchip helped bring a missing cat back home on Monday, according to Fort Wayne Animal Care and Control officials.

Charlie, who is now 10 years old, showed up at Animal Care and Control on Monday. Employees scanned the cat and saw Charlie had a microchip which identified Virginia Fryback, of Fort Wayne, as his owner.

Fryback said Charlie disappeared from her home five years ago.

“I never thought I see him again,” Fryback said.

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.

“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,” Peggy Bender, spokesperson for FWACC, said.

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