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4 years later, microchip reunites cat with owner

July 26, 2019 11:50 PM

MENANDS - If cats could talk, what a tale Mario could tell.

"When we first got him he was bigger," Casandra Pearsall uttered, after seeing her precious feline Mario Friday night for the first time in four years. "He's lost some weight but he still looks the same."

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When Mario, who is believed to be about 11 years old, vanished from his home in Corinth in the summer of 2015, Casandra searched high and low, near and far, and on animal shelter websites across the region.

"Any place that had a picture that looked like him, I would get ahold of them and contact but nothing ever came of it," she said.

Until recently. Just a few weeks ago, Elizabeth Pagan spotted a gray fur ball peaking out from underneath her lilac bush in Cohoes.

"He always knew I'd feed him in the morning and at night and after that we had to bring him to the Humane Society," Pagan said.

Pagan figured that maybe, just like her Chihuahua, the skinny little cat had a microchip. It did. But that doesn't explain how it survived for four years and wound up 40 miles away from home.

"It could be a number of things," said Todd Cramer, Chief Operating Officer at the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society in Menands, "Could he have traveled that far over time? Sure. Did someone pick him up? That could have happened too."

What did happen was the Humane Society staff was able to use microchip technology to identify the cat and it's owner and arrange a mirthful reunion.

"It's overwhelming. It's so joyful," Casandra stated, "I'm just so happy to have him back. He's a family member and family is forever."

It's a safe bet gratitude goes a long way as well.

"I couldn't even possibly imagine what it would feel like to have your family member with you and not know where he's at," Pagan said.

And so the tale of this story is....

"It does go to show the importance of micro-chipping a pet," Cramer asserted.

The Humane Society is stressing the rarity of reunions like Mario's, pointing out that out of the 1,275 cats brought in to them last year, only 45 were reunited with their owners. That's less than 4%, and Cramer says it underscores the importance of having your pets micro-chipped.

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Dan Levy

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