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coming home: petplan pet insurance shares another successful microchip story

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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan


Continuing the theme of happy December blogs, I am thrilled to share with you a story I read the other day about the safe return of a missing dog.

Petunia, an outgoing, loving Pit Bull mix, was 3 years old when she was sadly lost from her family’s farm in Virginia around Thanksgiving of 2003. Despite her owners’ best efforts, she was nowhere to be found. Obviously, losing such a beloved pet was heartbreaking, and after some time, her owners resigned themselves to the fact that she would likely never be found.

Imagine their surprise, then, when they recently received a call from the Yuba County Animal Shelter saying that they had Petunia with them, and that she was safe and sound! That’s right – Petunia was found in the Spenceville Wildlife Area near Beale Air Force Base, all the way across the country in California. From there, she was taken to the animal shelter, where she was scanned for a microchip. Luckily, her chip was found, and her owners in Virginia were contacted – 8 years after she went missing!

The animal shelter sent the owners a picture of Petunia, and sure enough, it was their missing girl. Arrangements were made for Petunia’s return and her reunion with her family was recently captured on a live news program. She has a few more television appearances to make before finally returning to her old home, but I am sure she is looking forward to it.

This story is remarkable, and it is a perfect example of how very important microchipping your pet is. In this case, and in thousands of other cases, a microchip directly led to a miraculous homecoming (even if it took a little longer this time!). If your pet does not have a microchip already, now is the perfect time to get one. Consider it the most important gift you will ever give her. The microchip is implanted quickly by injection, and takes just seconds, no longer than a simple vaccine. Fill out the required paper work, and voila – your pet will be linked to you for life!  

As pet parents, we make every effort to ensure our pets’ safety, but unfortunately, accidents happen. If your pet should ever get lost, having a microchip is her best chance at finding her way home.


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