After Ginger, her Tabby cat had been missing for a year, her owner, Nancy Payne, feared the cat was gone for good. “We never expected to see her again. After a year or so, I thought she had wandered off and got hit by a car and died,” Payne told SFGate.
But Ginger had one major advantage in the situation: she was microchipped.
Payne and her husband, Stephen, had adopted Ginger and her brother from the Marin Humane Society when the cats were eight weeks old. Ginger often wandered at night, sometimes not coming back for days. But then one day, Ginger wandered off and didn’t come back home. Despite numerous searches, the cat wasn’t found.
It’s unknown just what Ginger did for most of the eight years that she was missing, but a few weeks ago she showed up at a shop in Novato. Shop owner Rick Benson began to care for the cat, but brought her to the Marin Humane Society when he suspected that she was pregnant.
While Ginger wasn’t pregnant, the humane society scanned her for a microchip as part of their routine procedure. The discovery of Ginger’s microchip allowed the humane society to contact Payne.
After eight years, Ginger was returned home. This is just one of the many reasons that it’s important to bring any found cats in to the local humane society to be checked over and scanned for microchips. Ginger is one lucky cat to have been reunited with her family after all this time.