Austin Cat Missing for 3 Years Found in California


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Mary Ann Thomas has been lavishing her orange tabby, Chester, with three years worth of love and affection. Thanks to a miracle in the form of a microchip, Thomas and Chester were recently reunited after a 3-year and 1500-mile separation.

Chester, an indoor/outdoor cat in Austin, Texas, didn’t come home one night three years ago. Thomas thought that maybe neighbors were feeding him, and he’d return. But he didn’t.

Turns out he was taken in by an Austin family who subsequently moved to California. Fortunately for Chester, they decided to ditch him at the Contra Costa Animal shelter (in northern California) when they moved once again. The shelter scanned Chester for a microchip and voila! They got a hit, and contacted Thomas, who was ecstatic.

When she adopted the 8-week-old Chester from the Austin Humane Society ten years ago, Thomas decided to have him chipped. It wasn’t as routine a practice as it is now, but Thomas felt it would be a good idea.

At the Austin Humane Society Tuesday, kittens were getting their microchips implanted.

“Micro-chipping saves lives. Sometimes animals get lost. They escape from the fence, things happen and they may wind up in a situation where their future is uncertain. It could mean life or death at a shelter,” said Frances Jonon, the executive director of the Humane Society of Austin.


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