Charlie the cat is back  5 years later Virginia Fryback hugs her cat, Charlie, at Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control in Fort Wayne, Indiana
Charlie the cat is back 5 years later
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A cat that went missing five years ago has been reunited with his owner in Indiana. The cat and his owner have a microchip implanted in the cat to thank.

WANE-TV reports the 10-year-old cat named Charlie showed up at Fort Wayne Animal Care and Control.

Workers there scanned the cat and discovered Charlie had a microchip that identified Virginia Fryback of Fort Wayne as his owner.

Fryback says Charlie disappeared from her home five years ago. She thought she'd never see him again. She thanks the veterinarian who convinced her to get a microchip when Charlie was a kitten.

The microchip might have saved Charlie's life.

Microchips are about the size of a grain of rice and transmit information via radio waves. They can contain information. And in this case, Charlie's microchip contained information about his owner.

Critical thinking challenge: Why was it important for Charlies owner to get the microchip implanted when she first got him?

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  • KennedeySmile8
    4/28/2014 - 02:39 p.m.

    Aww... That is so cute. I would be so happy to be reunited with my pet that I have had for five years. I really don't under stand how a indoor cat can live put in the wild for so long. I mean I can understand a cat that has been born and raised in the wild, but not an indoor cat.

  • Emmakitten10
    4/28/2014 - 02:39 p.m.

    I think that this is wonderful news. It's always good to hear about a pet reuniting with its owner, especially after such a long time. Microchips, though sometimes unnecessary, are so useful in instances like these and it brings a smile to my face when I hear that they might have saved someone's dear cat. It was important for Charlie's owner to have a microchip implanted in him because it possibly saved the feline's life.

  • KennedeySmile8
    4/28/2014 - 02:39 p.m.

    Aww... That is so cute. I would be so happy to be reunited with my pet that I have had for five years. I really don't under stand how a indoor cat can live put in the wild for so long. I mean I can understand a cat that has been born and raised in the wild, but not an indoor cat.

  • keylanmurry
    4/28/2014 - 02:47 p.m.

    In this case, the microchip saved cats life. I thank the veterinarian who conviced her to put the microchip in. Maybe microchips are not as useless as I thought.

  • mathieu25
    4/28/2014 - 02:48 p.m.

    Good think that Charlie's owner was convicted about getting a microchip in Charlie while he was a kitten because with out it they would never see each other. Though I think all pet owners should get microchips in their pets just in case this happens to their pet. All pet owners love their animals and it would melt their heart if they found their pet was missing and have the fear they would never see he/her again. Also cats do like to explore and find things to play with and eat so this is something probably normal. All in all pm I'm glad Charlie was able to see his owner again after five years apart.

  • chloehelms
    4/28/2014 - 02:59 p.m.

    I think its really cool how a cat that went missing five years ago is now reunited with his family. I bet his owners thought they were never going to see him again. Thank God for the microchip Charlie has. The first time my dog got out someone far away from our neighborhood found her and took her to the animal shelter. They wouldn't have known who to call if it wasn't for her collar. It was then that they recommended a microchip. They put the microchip in between the animals shoulder blades. The next time she got out they knew where to find her because of the microchip. My family had been looking for her all night. We were so relieved when they called us because we thought we had lost her forever. Its really cool how something as small as a grain of rice can save an animals life.

  • connormabry
    4/28/2014 - 03:02 p.m.

    Wow that cat didn't die after 5 yeras in the wild though cat. Animals with microchips help them be found beacus e radio waves send out info. Well it's good that cat had a microchip lucky kitty cat.

  • dmaurycacho
    4/28/2014 - 03:07 p.m.

    That was very sweet of that owner to place a microchip to the cat,because that cat wouldn't have made it back without that microchip. this story was very sad and happy at the same time.

  • tytanmayville
    4/28/2014 - 03:23 p.m.

    "That's awesome I wonder how much it costs? I also wonder if my mom could get it for her pets.
    I'm so glad this chip reunited Charlie with his owner. Man that's a long time.

  • savannahf-5
    4/28/2014 - 04:08 p.m.

    This article is about a cat that was gone for 5 years. 10-year-old Charlie, showed up at Fort Wayne Animal Care and Control center 5 years after he had been lost. They found a microchip within him and scanned it. It had information saying where his owner was. He was returned to his old home and his owner couldn't believe it. That is so cool that they found him. It is incredible that after 5 years his was returned to his original home.

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