Microchip Reunites Cat with Family after Two Years

Thursday, September 27, 2012 - 9:30am

Ever wondered if microchips are worth it? If you ask Amanda L., they sure are! Here’s her story:

We adopted our cat Dempsey in January 2007 from the Houston SPCA. Dempsey is the smartest cat we’ve ever met. He plays fetch, drinks water from the faucet and follows you everywhere.

So we were heartbroken when, shortly after a moving to Ann Arbor, Michigan, in 2010, we lost Dempsey. We put up fliers, stayed up at night listening for him and searched the neighborhood for weeks, but with no luck.

We moved to New York City the following year but never stopped thinking about Dempsey and wondering where he could be and whether he was even alive.

Then, one Saturday while we were sitting in the park reading, we received an email from a vet in Ann Arbor—they found Dempsey!

An amazing woman had noticed him around her yard all summer and had been feeding him and looking out for him. They had warmed to each other, and so she decided to take him to a vet to see if he belonged to anyone. The first thing the vet did was scan him and they found our information. It was almost exactly two years to the day since we had lost Dempsey. We still cannot believe it!

Dempsey is currently recuperating with his grandparents in Michigan, and we are going to see him soon. We owe our reunion with Dempsey entirely to the kindness of a stranger and his microchip. We are so thankful that we have him back in our lives!

For more info on why microchips are awesome, check out this video.

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Annette O. Bigler

Chips are also good if one has cats like I have who keep loosing their collars.

Why can't pets be tax deductions like children? Maybe that would cut down on the abandonment? If corporations have been declared persons why not pets?


I'm so glad Dempsey was okay! I love stories with happy endings.


Hopefully the handsome fellow won't get outdoors again and face all of the many dangers out there, including getting lost another time or getting hit by a car. He was so lucky this time. Glad he finally made it home safe and sound.


It's a dangerous myth that our cats need to roam outdoors. An INDOOR CAT is a SAFE CAT - not a lost, missing, starving, ravaged by predators/creepy neighbor kid, or a run-over cat! As much love as they give us, do we not owe our feline friends this level of preventive care and protection in return?

Michelle Coleman

I had to give my cats to my friend (a cat lady of her own with about 9 cats) while I moved into an apartment on a temporary basis. Broke my heart but I knew they would be spoiled and loved. Through a combination of tragic circumstances, all of the cats escaped and my two still have not been found. They are micro-chipped but have been indoor cats since day one. I hope that someone finds and takes them to a local shelter or's been 6 months, but I still pray every day that they will get to come home.

Linda Snellings...

Although I agree totally that we must do all we can to keep cats safe, I draw the line at keeping them indoors as "house cats" In no way can they display their natural behaviour. Cats are born to hunt, sleep in sun spots outside and wander as they please. I know this is always a risk but I can only liken keeping them cooped up indoors as being in prison!

Erika seybert

All the cats I have owned have lived long happy lives. The last one was 21 yrs old when she passed and was inside all the time unless we were outside with her. The one we have now had been abandoned and came to our door in February this year. She stays in almost all the time and definately at night. But we do allow her out if we are going to be home to let her back in. We don't live near busy roads but are constantly on the watch for hawks, coyotes, and other predators. I guess I'm remiss in taking her to a shelter to see if she has been microchipped, but I rather imagine that whoever had her didn't care enough to take her along with them when they moved.

Cat Momma, myself

It's wonderful that the lady cared for Dempsey all summer and didn't try to chase him off. I know it was a financial obligation for her but she still took it on. I love it that she tried to even find out if he had an owner! What a wonderful woman!!! God Bless her forever! In fact, God Bless ALL animal lovers everywhere! Animal rescuers make a huge contribution to life on this planet! They are truly unsung heroes! Just ask any animal who was ever rescued ...... :-)


I also believe that the outdoor environment offers a lot of natural stimulation for the cats, that I believe are essential for a balanced and happy cat. Therefore, I offer my cats a SAFE outdoor cat yard with cat fencing, so they can have their own outdoor territory where they can hunt, sit in the sun, roam, climb trees, chase bugs and eat grass. There ARE solutions so that the outdoor does not mean a death sentence for a cat. Every owner should look into these alternatives to provide the best environment for their pets. My cats also walk on leashes.


Here's the dilema: you kep cats indoors and they don't get to "display natural behaviors" -- but those natural behaviors are destructive (millions of precious birds are killed for sport each year, along with rabbits, and other small animals at alarming rate). Yes, cats get to have fun outdoors, but at the expense of other species who NEED to display their nariral behaviors to SURVIVE. Domesticated cats have no natural predetors.

Also, cats do well indoors. They do not suffer if they do not hunt. For those concerned about their pet cats' fulfillment and enjoyment of life (which is wonderful!!), invest in a cat enclosure in your yard or give them access to a sun porch, toys, playmates, playtime and a lot of interaction with you. They will live a wonderful life -- and wildlife will have a better chance of surviving. Its all about finding the best BALANCE for all living things on this tiny planet we all call home.