Cat Reunited With Owner After Missing For More Than a Year

Posted at 5:57 PM, Feb 16, 2014
and last updated 2014-02-16 18:42:56-05

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (Feb. 16, 2014)-It may sound hard to believe but it’s true, a cat reunited with its family after it had gone missing more than a year ago.

The cat’s owner and a local rescue group say it was all possible due to a microchip. Melissa Neitzka, Abby’s owner, says they had her since she was a kitten but she left 14 months ago.

“We had three foster kids at the time and we felt like maybe she (Abby) thought it was too much for her,” said Neitzka.

But just last month Abby showed up on a caregiver for Carols Ferals’ back porch.

Trish (the caregiver) caught the cat and brought her in realizing she was actually friendly, she didn’t have to trap her,” said Carol Manos.

That’s when the team checked for a microchip and they got a hit. After a little leg work and a few calls they got a hold of Melissa, who was nearly in tears when she heard the news.

“I asked for Melissa and I’m like ‘Hey by any chance have you lost a cat?’ and she’s like ‘Yeah over a year ago!’  You could hear her getting choked up,” said Manos.

 Manos says out of the 7,200 cats they have taken in over the past eight years only a couple have been micro chipped.