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Microchip, Strangers Reunite Lost Cat, Owner

Posted July 25, 2007
Updated July 27, 2007

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— The help of strangers and a microchip brought a cat back to his Cary home after he spent four years on the lam.

Kelly Damron, of Cary, was reunited Wednesday with her long-lost furry friend, Dagney, at a shelter run by the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Wake County.

Dagney ran away 10 days after the birth of Damron's first child. The family had also recently moved, possibly confusing the cat, Damron said.

Damron said she didn't give up hope of Dagney's returning or, at least, being cared for by another family.

"I knew in my heart. I still have a picture up in my living room, and when my kids were old enough to explain, I said, 'That's my baby, and he's out there somewhere. And maybe someone needs him more than I need him as my pet,'" said Damron.

Damron said she worried about Dagney, who is declawed, living outdoors.

"When it was really hot or really cold, I used to think, 'I hope he's okay. I hope somebody's loving him,'" said Damron.

A family who spotted Dagney six months after she went missing fulfilled her hopes.

The family began feeding the cat six months ago, and when they moved, took Dagney to the SPCA, hoping he would be adopted.

There, workers scanned Dagney and found his microchip, which led them to Damron and reunited her with Dagney.

The Wake SPCA said it places microchips in all the animals adopted from its shelters. The cost of a chip varies, and installation must be done by a veterinarian, SPCA workers said.

Damron said the small investment in the chip was more than worth having her cat home.

"$20 to $25, that's not much to have your pet returned to you. And just keep in mind, collars fall off, tags fall off. But a microchip is with a pet for life," said Damron.

Damron also expressed thanks to the family that took to Dagney the SPCA.

"I'm just happy someone fed him. And thank you to the people who fed my baby," said Damron.


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  • ahuber99 Jul 27, 2007

    I adopted a new kitty from Safe Haven for Cats a year ago when beloved Karma kitty died due to Mediastinal Lymphoma. The shelter puts chips in all of the cats they rescue and adopt out. All I had to do was send in the card with my name and address. I am so happy to know that if my precious Kaye ever got out or lost, the chip would bring her back to me.

  • youngerby5mins Jul 26, 2007

    "Her hopes were fulfilled by a family who had spotted Dagney for 3½ years."

    WRAL - is it just me or does this sentence NOT make sense???

  • TruthBKnown Jul 26, 2007


    Did you really chip your kids? I've heard of some people chipping themselves on a voluntary/testing basis, but never heard of anyone inflicting this Big Brother technology voluntarily on their kids.

  • Memory Jul 26, 2007

    Great story...the cat looks thrilled

  • smitty Jul 26, 2007

    Hey RB, just a suggestion, next time put the cat in a cage.

  • smitty Jul 26, 2007

    I chipped my kids, they manage to unlock their bedroom door and run off sometimes.

  • gopanthers Jul 26, 2007

    Just skip a carton of smokes for a week - or skip a week of taking the family out to dinner - or skip the nightclub for one week or what-ever and you will have enough to chip your beloved pet.

  • Adelinthe Jul 26, 2007

    We had a cat get away from us when we moved from one location in Cary to another. We had left her in the cab of the truck as we unloaded it because we had all the house doors open to bring stuff in. She dug around the boot of the shifter and wiggled out. We'd had her for years and years.

    We posted her picture at the Kroger, and low and behold, got a call from a lady about a mile away. She had a cat exactly like ours, but ours had one blue eye and one gold one. She said one of the kids had let her in thinking it was their cat and suddenly they realized there were two in the house when one began chasing the other. They were stunned, but amuzed and took good care of her.

    We went over to get her she just collapsed into my arms as if it were heaven to her. She died at the age of 23. Honest!!!

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • Adelinthe Jul 26, 2007



    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • gopanthers Jul 26, 2007

    mrtwinturbo - Getting Cats for free is cheaper then a chip. True except some pets are worth more then the $50.00 for chip to owners. And some people go with breeds that cost money I.E. my family. We love Persians and the cost of them is more then enough motive to go out a get a chip for $25.00 to $50.00 let alone the companionship and bond that is built over time. Sorry I love animals and just think their more then property.