Microchip Reunites Cat and Owner

After six years and 1,000 miles, Snowball and owner are back together.

Posted Dec. 30, 2008, 3 a.m. EST

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Laura Hawk of Dunedin, Fla., adopted Snowball eight years ago from the SCPA Tampa Bay after seeing the cat on an adoption special on television. Snowball was outfitted with a microchip that identified Hawk as his owner, even after Snowball moved away with a friend of Hawk’s friend, the St. Petersburg Times reports.

On Dec. 9, Hawk received a call from the Michigan Humane Society, telling her that they had recovered Snowball. “I’m very happy he was chipped,” Hawk said. “After all these years, I couldn’t wait to see him again.”

Hawk and her daughter, Marcy, drove to Michigan a few days later to pick up Snowball, who was sick with pneumonia and could not be flown home. Television news crews filmed the reunion at the Michigan Humane Society.

“He just snuggled up and crawled onto our laps,” Hawk said.

Marissa Segundo, spokeswoman for the SPCA Tampa Bay, credits Snowball’s microchip for the happy reunion. “The SPCA was able to reunite 466 pets with their owners last year,” she said. “Many could be attributed to microchips.”

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Sue    3 Oaks, MI

12/30/2008 5:26:57 PM

I wonder why Snowball moved away in the first place? Sounds like a happy ending for all.

Randy    Oceanbeach, CA

12/30/2008 1:11:00 PM

Both my cats have chips and tags with their phone #.

Isabel    Avoca, PA

12/30/2008 12:22:07 PM

Great Article

Jane    Amherst, MA

12/30/2008 8:46:21 AM

That's a very sweet story.

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