This lovable cat was found alive in Chicago after he had been missing for 10 years. The quirky thing of this story is that his family was told, 10 years ago, that he was dead.


The pain of losing a pet is hard. I can't imagine what this family went through being told their furry friend, Oliver, was dead, only to be told 10 years later he's alive and well and in Chicago.



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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Wow! I love that this story had a happy ending for Oliver and his family.

What makes me scratch my head is why the microchip company told the family that he was dead?

The best part is that Oliver was microchipped and although it was 10 years later he was reunited with his family.

The moral of this story is how important it is to microchip your pets. Even if they are strictly indoor animals, things happen and the could get out and wind up lost. A microchip improves their odds of being found and being brought back to you.



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