Missing Cat Found 1,000 Miles Away, 2 Years Later

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A cat that went missing two years ago from a houseboat in Biloxi, Miss., was found recently 1,000 miles away in Denver, Colo., according to Mississippi news outlet WLOX.


"I came home from work one day and he just wasn't there. I looked for him, obviously, for a long time and just kind of gave up hope," Cree Cantrell told the news station about his cat, Jacque. He assumed the cat had either drowned or gotten picked up by a tourist.

But thanks to a microchip with Cantrell's contact information, the 3-year-old cat was identified at a Denver veterinary clinic two years after it disappeared. Humane Society of South Mississippi (HSSM) officials say Jacque's story is proof that microchipping your cat or dog is a smart move for pet owners.

"The odds of the cat leaving home and surviving for long periods of time is very high, but the odds of a cat being returned to its owner is very low," HSSM Community Engagement Manager Shelli Skiado told WLOX.

HSSM estimates that more than 50 percent of the animals it finds are able to get back to their owners with the help of up-to-date microchips.

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