The takeaway from this story is CHIP YOUR PETS!
In April, an elderly cat in Maryland was reunited with the family who lost him in 2006 when he bolted out the door.
The kitty was found as a stray by a woman who took the cat, whose leg had been injured, to a veterinarian in Annapolis, who scanned the kitty for a chip. His name was Ritz and his chip info was current! The feline had been looking for food by a trailer park six miles from his owners' old apartment.
The cat's owners, Jason and Liz McKenry, received an automated text message from the company behind Ritz's microchip, informing them that their long-lost cat was at a local vet. They thought it was a mistake.