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Microchip reunites cat and family, 1,500 miles and five years apart

No one knows what allowed a calico cat named Willow to make it 1,500 miles away from her home in the Rocky Mountains to arrive safely in New York City. But it is now well-known that it was her microchip that allowed her to be reunited with her family, who hadn't seen her in five years, the New York Daily News reports.

The cat was found recently wandering on East 20th Street by a man who brought her to Manhattan's Animal Care and Control shelter. There, they scanned the cat for a microchip and saw that its owners lived in Boulder, Colorado.

"No one knows how the cat made her way from Colorado to New York City, but we are happy she is safe and will soon be back with her owners," Julie Bank, executive director of Animal Care and Control, told the news source. "This miracle story underscores the importance of having some sort of identification on your pet and the effectiveness of a microchip."

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals reports that implanted microchips are the most reliable system for recovering lost pets when they are combined with visible ID tags on the pet's collar. 
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