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Anyway you say it, five years, 1,825 days, or 43,800 hours is a long time. For a local family, that’s how long it took to be reunited with their lost cat.
Back in 2010, Connie Kreizenbeck-Wells and her family adopted Fredrick from the Pocatello Animal Shelter. Sadly, later that year Fredrick went missing.
“We posted flyers and searched for him,” said Connie. “We also called the shelter and called the local veterinarians to find out if they had seen him. We did about as much as we could to try and track him down.”
But life slowly went on and as it did, hope for Fredrick’s return faded.
“I really didn’t think we’d ever see him again,” Connie said.
Fast forward to November 2015 and a stray cat was found in the Pocatello Creek area. Pocatello Animal Services employees take in the cat at the shelter and one of the first things to be done is a quick scan for a microchip. The scan of this cat yielded some contact information.
“We called the number listed for the owner but didn’t have any luck,” said Mary Remer, Pocatello Animal Services Director. “Staff moved on to the emergency contact information and that’s how we were able to get in touch with Connie.”
“I was shocked when they told me they had found Fredrick,” said Connie.
Remer says if it weren’t for the microchip this reunion may very well never have happened.
“Stories like these illustrate just how important it is to have your pet microchipped,” Remer explains. “Pet owners also need to make sure they are updating the chip’s information anytime they move or change phone numbers. We recommend you review your pet’s information at least once a year.”
As for Fredrick, he’s quickly adjusting to life back with Connie and her family, but with an extra rule.
“We’re not going to be letting him outside anytime soon,” Connie joked.