882 days later, missing cat and dad reunited in ‘heartwarming’ P.E.T.S. reconnection

WICHITA FALLS (KFDX/KJTL) — Against all odds, a cat dad and his missing pet have finally been reunited after over two years apart, thanks to his diligence.

Tabby Mister and his two-legged father, Rob, were separated in February 2022 when Mister went missing, according to a Facebook post from P.E.T.S. Clinic on Friday, July 5, 2024.

A dad and his cat have been reunited after 882 days of separation, thanks to microchipping technology. Photo Courtesy: PETS Clinic

Initially dropped off to P.E.T.S. as a feral in need of a neuter, technicians checked Mister for a microchip, and the results were positive.

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"A chip number popped up, sparking a wave of hope," the post read. "Thanks to Mister's dad keeping the chip information current, we were able to track Rob down."

After a long 882 days, Mister and his dad were finally reconnected.

"Rob was all smiles, and Mister was all purrs; both were elated to be reunited," the post continued. "What a heartwarming reminder microchips do work!"

Microchipping pets is your best bet in ensuring missing animals can be reunited with their families in the event they wander, according to P.E.T.S. Executive Director Amber Gilmore.

"Microchips work! At P.E.T.S. Clinic, we help reunify lost pets with their owners weekly. Found pets are brought in, and the first thing we do is scan for a microchip," Gilmore said. "The team is always relieved when there is one. Microchips are only reliable if the owner information—address, phone number, etcetera—is kept up to date. Help us help you get your fur babies home!"

After the chip is in place, however, it's crucial to maintain up-to-date information, like Rob, for the database, according to Petsmart's website.

Spreading its mission of prioritizing animals' health throughout Texas, P.E.T.S., or "Prevent Euthanasia Through Sterilization," provides high-quality, low-cost spay and neuters and other veterinary services to minimize the overpopulation of animals.

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