Microchip helps woman reunite with missing cat after 4 years – WPXI

Microchip Miracle: Woman Reunited with Cat Missing for Four Years

In Bluffton, South Carolina, a heartwarming reunion unfolded between a woman and her cat after a separation of four years, all thanks to the wonders of a microchip.

Linda Burton, a resident of Bluffton, shared her incredible story. Her beloved 14-year-old male cat, Oliver, vanished in April 2020 while she was battling COVID-19 in the hospital.

Burton recounted her ordeal, saying, “I was sick in the hospital and when I returned home after four days, Oliver was nowhere to be found.”

Despite her efforts to find him, Burton eventually lost hope. “I honestly didn’t believe he could have survived four years. I doubted he could last even an hour,” she expressed.

Imagine her astonishment when, last month, she received a message from the Hilton Head Humane Association. They informed her that Oliver had been found and brought to their shelter.

“I nearly fainted from shock. I couldn’t grasp the fact that he had been found,” Burton shared.

Thanks to Oliver being microchipped, the shelter could swiftly connect him back with Burton.

Shelly Anchondo, the Okatie Campus Manager of the Hilton Head Humane Association, shared the emotional moment. “She was ecstatic. She was ready to rush over in her car to pick him up. There were tears of joy, not just from her but our front office staff as well.”

Burton couldn’t contain her joy, stating in an Instagram post, “I am over the moon.”

She also emphasized the importance of microchipping pets. “Please microchip your pets. Without the microchip, I would never have been reunited with Oliver. It’s a small step that can make a huge difference,” Burton advised.

This touching story not only highlights the importance of microchipping but also the unbreakable bond between pets and their owners.