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10 Years Later, Family is Reunited With Cat They Were Told Had Died

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    10 Years Later, Family is Reunited With Cat They Were Told Had Died
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    It has been 10 years since Oliver the cat accidentally got out of his home in suburban Lake Zurich.

    After weeks of searching, his owners were told by their microchip company that Oliver had passed away. 

    Now, "Oliie," as he's affectionately called, has been reunited with his family in an unexpected Chicago surprise.

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    Oliver had somehow managed to travel from Lake Zurich to downtown Chicago, where he was being cared for by a "cat colony caretaker," PAWS Chicago wrote on Instagram.

    He was brought to PAWS Chicago over the weekend for a "trap neuter and release" appointment by that caretaker. 

    "When we scanned for a microchip, we found out that it was registered to a family in Lake Zurich and he had been missing for 10 years," PAWS Chicago wrote. "The microchip company reported that the animal had passed away. We gave his family the unexpected call of a lifetime and they were overjoyed!"

    Oliver's owners picked him up soon after, with the shelter reporting they were "overjoyed."

    "As you can imagine, Ollie’s family is over the moon about his safe return," the post read. "Their daughter Laura had picked Oliver to be part of their family 10 years ago and reunited with him [Monday]!"

     

    LOST CAT REUNITED WITH FAMILY AFTER 10 YEARS! Last weekend, a special cat named Oliver was brought to our Clinic for a TNR appointment by one of our regular colony caretakers. When we scanned for a microchip, we found out that it was registered to a family in Lake Zurich and he had been missing for 10 years! The microchip company reported that the animal had passed away. We gave his family the unexpected call of a lifetime and they were overjoyed! We learned that 10 years ago, Oliver (affectionately known as Ollie) accidentally got out of his home and after weeks of searching, his family had given up hope thinking he may have passed away. Turns out Oliver was lost and wandered his way to downtown Chicago and has been cared for by a cat colony caretaker for many years. As you can imagine, Ollie’s family is over the moon about his safe return. Their daughter Laura had picked Oliver to be part of their family 10 years ago and reunited with him tonight! PAWS Chicago is thrilled to have played a part in reuniting Oliver with his family after all these years. This is a great testament to the importance of microchipping your pets and TNR. It is very important to ensure your pet is microchipped because if they become lost, you are far more likely to be reunited if they are microchipped. Ollie is proof of how lifechanging microchips truly are!

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    The shelter said the story amplifies the importance of microchipping animals. 

    "Ollie is proof of how lifechanging microchips truly are!" PAWS Chicago wrote.

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