A family in Des Moines, Iowa, got their very own Christmas miracle when their cat, who had been missing for four years, was found. The heartwarming story was recounted to followers of the Animal Rescue League Facebook page, which detailed the amazing tale:
REUNITED AFTER 4 YEARS! When a house sitter accidentally let Lottie the cat out of his house 4 years ago, his owner didn’t think she’d ever see him again.
Lottie’s owner, Kara Hanlon, had posted missing cat fliers and alerted her cat’s microchip company, but her efforts at the time were fruitless. In fact, Hanlon assumed that Lottie had died, reports the Des Moines Register.
The shelter detailed how Lottie was reunited with his owner:
Lottie arrived at ARL Animal Services. The first thing we do when any pet arrives at any ARL location is scan them for a microchip. Thankfully, Lottie had one, so we contacted the microchip company and started trying to reach his owner. The phone numbers on file were no longer valid, so we sent a letter to the address on file, and luckily his owner had not moved!
According to the Register, Hanlon did some sleuthing to piece together Lottie’s whereabouts for the past several years. She learned that he had been hanging out with an elderly man in the area, but that man moved away and Lottie wandered to a new area, where he was taken in for a short time by a resident, and then turned over to animal services.
Welcome home Lottie!
Reminder – please ensure that your pet not only has a microchip, but that the information tied to the chip is kept up to date with current contact information!
(Images via Hanlon/Facebook/ARL)
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