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Missing cat returns to Fayetteville

Posted May 19, 2010
Updated May 23, 2010

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— After five months away from her owners, Trixie the cat returned home on Wednesday.

Trixie went missing in December while her family was moving from Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, to Fayetteville.

The family had stopped off at a hotel off of Interstate 70 in St. Louis when the cat ran away.

“She scooted out without anybody knowing,” Tara Colpitt said. “We found out (she was missing) an hour later.”

Colpitt and her daughters thought they would never see Trixie again. But last week, someone found Trixie near a wooded, just a few blocks from the hotel where she went missing.

“They were surprised to see a cat, so they picked her up and took her to a vet to see if she belonged to somebody,” Colpitt said.

When the vet scanned Trixie and found a micro chip, a call was made to microchip company HomeAgain which activated the lost pet alert procedure.

HomeAgain put Trixie on a plane and she arrived home on Wednesday.

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  • estrauch May 21, 2010

    Yeah..you are right...this is a dead conversation. We clearly don't have the same beliefs. I have a definite opinion that I don't mind sharing. I'm also very, very aware that there are those that feel my opinion is BS. That's cool though. No harm, no foul.... just really happy for the family that was reunited with their furry friend.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU May 21, 2010

    And we were doing so well, estrauch... But, if you actually believe there is even such a thing as "the mark of the beast"...and it somehow relates to your passport #, drivers license #, SSN or some computer chip number...then I guess there's no point in us trying to have a rational conversation about this. (To be fair, I would do the same with people who see Jesus, Mary or Bob Marley on bagels, subway walls, rocks, etc.)

  • estrauch May 20, 2010

    I understand the thinking behind what you are saying hereandnow99. My thoughts against micro chipping people have to do with the Bible and also the Government. I can see the point of security and safety, but where do you draw the line with micro chipping people as a means of control??? I think it could be taken waaay too far and become a way to control people. I could see where in the future people may make arguments to do away with a bank card and argue that a personal micro chip would be an easier method to identify people and to make purchases.....a all in one sort of thing. Again, the term "you are just a number" rings true here. And some people may compare micro chipping to the "mark of the beast". Being a Christian and enjoying my Freedom as an American, micro chipping for humans concerns me greatly.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU May 20, 2010

    estrauch, can you elaborate please? :-) Is it a big-brother concern for you? I'm just not understanding your "moral" point of this identification.

    I mean, how is a subcutaneous rice-grain any different than carrying a driver's license or passport for id? ...other than being harder to fake or change on the fly? Heck, what about retinal scans or DNA checks?...both of which are also (effectively) unique and very difficult to fake?

    If kids had chips & schools had scanners at the door, it seems like there'd never be another kidnapped kid or even a misplaced student.

  • estrauch May 20, 2010

    I agree with you treet007. After consideration, it does make sense to have animals micro chipped because you are right, they cannot talk. I am still against human micro chipping though. I adopted a cat two years ago from a rescue mission and found that he had already been micro chipped. Even though he is an indoor cat, I still have peace of mind that he might be found if he were lost. Happy ending indeed! :)

  • jse830fcnawa030klgmvnnaw+ May 20, 2010

    I encourage pet owners to micro chip their dogs or cats. They cannot talk, they cannot relay information to a human, and they can lose their collar and tag. I have had no problems in micro chipping my dogs and cats for over 5 years. If my pet is found in a situation like in this news article, the micro chip would have relocated its owner.

    At least this family has a happy ending.

  • estrauch May 20, 2010

    hereandnow99......human micro chipping was the reason I was against micro chipping animals. I have heard many people and organizations talk of micro chipping children. I'm sorry, but I just don't think it is morally right to do that to humans. It gives new meaning to the "mark of the beast" and "you are just a number".

  • JustOneGodLessThanU May 20, 2010

    That's some seriously good (and well-deserved!) advertising for HomeAgain.

    And, I saw at least one private company who encouraged employees to do this (I think it was their arm or hand), so they could just scan themselves into the office. The President of the company did it. Interesting...

  • estrauch May 20, 2010

    I used to have reservations about implanting a micro chip into a dog or cat. In this case the story had a happy ending.....thanks to some nice people who took the time to take the cat to a Vet to get it checked out. I can only imagine how happy the family was when they found out their cat had been found.