Bob the Cat Reunited via Facebook

 |  Apr 17th 2009  |   3 Contributions


Okay, all you naysayers who decry Facebook as a productivity-sucking waste of time, think again.

Bob the Cat, missing for two years, was recently reunited with his family thanks to.... Facebook

Bob held a special place in the hearts of Shane and Nicole Meide. He joined their family just after they returned from their honeymoon. "We love everything about his personality. We love the size, we love big, fat cats," said Nicole.

When he escaped from their East Bethel, Minnesota home a few months later, they were heartbroken. After an intensive search, the couple gave up hope of ever seeing their beloved Bob again. The 20-pound main coon was never found and they eventually moved away fromEast Bethel. "We were sad. We missed him so much," said Nicole.

Then, two years after he disappeared, someone found Bob and brought him into the Coon Rapids Humane Society.

The big cat was scanned for a microchip. The good news is, Bob had one. The bad news is, the information was out of date. Amber Wallin with the Coon Rapids Animal Humane Society was undeterred. She searched telephone directories with no luck.

Because the Meides cared enough to report Bob missing, and because he was in such good shape and so affectionate, Wallin knew she had to do everything she could to reunite them.

"So I took a leap and checked Facebook," said Wallin.

Amazingly, Shane and Nicole had set up Facebook pages just days earlier. "All of a sudden, out of the blue, we get an e-mail saying, 'Hey, we found your cat,'" said Shane. The reunion soon followed.

"It brought tears of joy, it really did," said Nicole. "My stomach just jumped because I thought it was fabulous."

The Meides are overwhelmed with gratitude to Wallin. "She did go above and beyond," said Shane.

Way to go, Amber Wallin!!!

Is your pet's microchip info up to date? Even if you lost a pet years ago, there's a chance she can be recovered and returned to you if the microchip info is accurate. A quick phone call to the microchip company or a visit to their website is all it takes.

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