My cats are indoor only. My dogs are indoor/outdoor. Mitzi got out somehow during the storm 1.5 months ago. Despite all efforts of placing lost cat posters, going to local veterinarians with her picture and notifying mailmen and knocking on doors, we had accepted the fact that either she was picked up by someone and is being taken care of or has met with unfortunate circumstances.
Today I got a phone call from a local vet who said that an elderly lady came into their hospital and wanted to get a cat that she found checked out because she was so skinny. The veterinarian scanned for a chip and it was led to me.
Picked up Mitzi earlier today from the elderly lady's house and when the lady brought her to the door she was fighting the lady trying to escape her hold. As soon as I called her name, she calmed down immediately and did not fight when I held her. The lady had her for four days. I have no idea how she survived all this time, she doesn't know how to hunt or fight. Mitzi is VERY skinny and skittish, way different from the above picture, but otherwise she has no injuries. Brought her home and she ate right away and then went to her chair and settled down. I gave the lady a ton of thanks and a nice reward.
Microchip your pets everyone. When all hope was lost, I thank God and the inventors for this wonderful rice sized hero for the miracle that we had never thought possible.