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A Microchip Pays Off After Seven Years

The never dreamed they’d see him again.

In 2003 the Setter family of Aurora CO, sadopted a beautiful grey cat from a local animal shelter. They named their new cat Nike. Nike loved to lounge on the balcony of the family’s home near Buckley air force base where they were stationed. One tragic day Nike slipped off the icy balcony and disappeared. His collar was found but Nike had vanished. The heartbroken family looked everywhere. The following year the Setters retired to Florida.

Seven years later on Friday evening, March 18, Erica Franco found a ragged looking grey cat at her door in Highlands Ranch, twenty miles from Buckley Air Force Base and the Setter’s former home. The cat wouldn’t leave. Franco took the cat to a local veterinary clinic to see if perhaps he had been micro-chipped. He had. The chip information revealed contact information for the Setters but it was from seven years ago and the Setters had long since moved to Florida. Franco went to work searching the internet for Gina Setter’s name and found her in Tampa.

Erica Franco and the Setters are trying to find a way to get Nike back to his family. Neither family can afford the flight for him at this time. Franco has set up a Facebook Causes page where an update states Nike has had a full veterinary evaluation and is being treated for a minor bacterial infection but is in pretty good shape. Good Samaritans with plans to go to Tampa have come forward and offered to take Nike on board with them and return him to the Setters.

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    March 25, 2011 8:32 amPosted 4 years ago
    Kathryn Mitchell

    So happy that this kitty found a person that took care of her, and I hope that she gets back to her family soon!

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    March 25, 2011 11:38 amPosted 4 years ago
    Michelle Gallagher

    This looks like my Miko kitty, she is 15.

  • March 25, 2011 11:57 amPosted 4 years ago
    Kim Zarnik-Rockwell

    What an awesome story ! I have goosebumps!

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    March 25, 2011 3:27 pmPosted 4 years ago
    Mary Whitmore Kuster


  • March 27, 2011 1:55 amPosted 4 years ago
    Nicole Theoret

    It’s amazing to see cats and dogs returning where they used to live. They have great recall habileties. I’m so happy the family found him, and that microchip is awesome if updated.


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