Technology reunites cat with owner, 5 years later
Bismore got Ginger when he was a senior at Everett High School, in Everett, Washington.
He spotted a tiny calico kitten in the back corner of an animal shelter. "As soon as I saw the cat, I knew it was the cat I had to have," Bismore said.
Bismore adopted a second cat named Tiger. As the weeks stretched into months, the two cats became like brother and sister, often playing outside together.
One day, Tiger came back inside. Ginger didn't.
"We assumed she would come back the next day," Bismore said. "The next day, we didn't see anything, or the next day or the next."
Ginger had a tiny microchip implanted in her body with identification information, so the Bismores still hoped to find her.
But four and a half years passed. "We assumed we would never see her again," Bismore said.
On Feb. 8, there was a message on the house phone. Bismore's grandmother returned the call and was asked: Did you have a cat?
"Well, not recently," she responded.
It turned out the call was from a microchip monitoring company. When the chip was read with a special scanner, it provided a number that could be matched in a database with the Bismores' name, address and phone number.
As best as can be pieced together, Ginger had somehow made her way to a home about three miles away. An elderly man living there was caring for several cats.
There was one other thing that convinced the Bismores that the cat in question wasn't just any calico but the real missing Ginger.
Ginger always had a little kink in her tail, "a quirky thing that's pretty unmistakable," Alex said. This cat did, too.
But they wondered if she still had her loving personality. It didn't take long to find out.
When Alex walked down the hall to his room, Ginger walked with him and stood expectantly at his door. When he momentarily left the room, there she was at his side.
Alex, who is now 22, said that life is resuming with Ginger pretty much as before, with one exception.
"As far as I'm concerned, she'll be an indoor cat," he said. "I don't want to lose her again."
Critical thinking challenge: How did Alex pick Ginger?
- Posted on February 18, 2013