Thanks to a microchip, an Oregon cat has been returned to his owners after missing for seven years. KTVZ News reported the story March 23.
A 10-year-old tuxedo beauty named Brave was brought into the Humane Society of Central Oregon by a Good Samaritan on March 20. He was quickly scanned for a microchip, and his owners were called in with the good news.
Unfortunately, a vet examination at the shelter by Dr. Liz Gray, followed by an ultrasound, turned up a cancerous tumor on Brave’s abdomen. The tumor is apparently inoperable.
Brave’s owner, Bend resident Mark Reinecke was contacted and immediately came to the shelter to reunite with his missing cat. He took Brave for a second opinion at Bush Animal Clinic, and then on home to his family.
The family lost Brave when their children were in elementary school. They’ve moved twice since they left the home where they were residing when Brave disappeared.
Brave’s final destination before being turned into the Humane Society was across town from where he originally lived.
Brave is fitting right in with the family, including a two-year-old dog. Mark says
“He’s really happy to be held and when they [the kids] make old, familiar sounds, he comes to them.”
When Brave went missing over the weekend it put his family in a tailspin, until he was found snuggled up in an open cabinet.
Reinecke and his wife, Melissa Lande, recall losing the cat when their children were in elementary school. They say they lived in the home where they lost Brave for several years, but have since moved twice.
According to the Humane Society, the family will care for and love Brave for the remainder of his life
Mark contributes keeping his microchip information up to date with the providing company as key in being reunited with Brave. Microchips don’t work unless the information is kept up to date, and Mark had made sure he could be reached just in a miracle kitty would someday find his way home.