Racine woman reunited with missing cat 5 years later

CREATED Nov. 6, 2013

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  • Lindsay O'Neill was reunited with her cat Sammie Tuesday afternoon. Image by Wisconsin Humane Society

RACINE - A Racine woman was reunited with her cat Tuesday afternoon - after it had been missing for five years.

Lindsay O'Neill was notified Tuesday that her eight-year-old tabby cat, Sammie, had been turned in at the Wisconsin Humane Society Racine Campus. A local woman had seen the cat around her home for several months, and was worried for its safety as the weather turned colder.

The woman turned Sammie in, where it was discovered that the cat had an implanted microchip. The microchip was registered to O'Neill, and the two were quickly reunited. 

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"Microchips make reunions like this possible," explains Alison Kleibor, director of the WHS' Racine Campus. "They are inexpensive and very effective. Every area shelter scans stray animals, and every animal is at risk for becoming lost, no matter how careful you are."

The Wisconsin Humane Society offers microchip implants for just $25. The chip is about the size of a grain of rice.