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Five Years Later, Willow the Cat Makes It Home

Written by PETA | September 16, 2011

When a calico cat named Willow disappeared from her Colorado home five years ago, the Squires family put up “lost cat” posters and placed ads online. But as time passed, they lost hope. This week, thanks to a computer chip the size of a grain of rice, Willow has been found.

A kind man spotted the friendly cat on a Manhattan street and took her to an animal shelter, where Willow’s microchip led workers to her family more than 1,800 miles away. How Willow found her way to New York and what her life was like during those five years is a mystery, but what is certain is that her family never would have seen her again if not for her microchip. “All our pets are microchipped,” said Willow’s grateful guardian. “If I could microchip my kids, I would.”

If your companion animals aren’t already microchipped, why not take this opportunity to schedule an appointment today? Collars and tags are crucial, but they can fall off or be removed. As Willow’s story shows, a microchip is a permanent safeguard.


Written by Michelle Sherrow

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  • LuisaP says:

    I am glad that Willow is now found and is safe. I read this here: Mystery journey of Willow the cat may be solved. Also, she is so blessed to have a family who did not give up on searching for her.

  • Heidi Kastner says:

    A cat befriended our cats and visited daily for a week. She accepted food, came into our house. When we took her to our veterinarian for a checkup and spaying if she needed it, our vet found a microchip! Owners was called, lived 10 miles away. The couple had been in agony, divorcing and Lily, the cat ran away 4 mos. ago. Lily had been daughter’s pet and companion. Joy returned to Lily, daughter and mom.

  • melissam says:

    What an amazing story I wonder if willow remembered her family? So glad that she is safe!

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