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UPDATE: Lost Spokane Cat Returned To Owner Nine Years Later Thanks To Microchip

UPDATE: Thanks to technology a cat that disappeared 9 years ago is now back home with his family.

Rusty the cat was found over the weekend in the wild at Felts Field and brought in to the Spokanimal Shelter. A microchip implanted into the cat years ago was used to identify him and reunite him with his owner.

"I thought it was a mistake," said Rusty's owner Stepahnie Fulkerson. "The gal at Spokanimal explained what he looks like to me, and I said that looks exactly like him. I couldn't believe it, I was amazed. I picked him up and he purred right away." A perfect reunion with mixed emotions.
"I felt happy but sad at same time because of the shape he was in, never wanna see your kitty hurt," said Fulkerson.
Rusty was found with earmites, a raw patch on the back of his neck and bad matting on his fur. On Tuesday he was groomed and given a shirt that says 'Mamas Boy."
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SPOKANE, Wash. - Nine years ago when Stephanie Fulkerson's cat Rusty didn't come home one night, she thought she'd never see him again.  Her neighbors had told her that for some unexplainable reason that black cats around her Northside neighborhood had been disappearing, and two-year old Rusty was a very sweet, friendly black cat that could have been easily lured into someone's car.
 
So when Stephanie retrieved a message from SpokAnimal on Friday April 1 saying that her cat had been found, she thought it was some kind of bad April fool's joke.  When another message was left on Saturday, she couldn't believe her ears:  Rusty had been found near Felt's Field with a microchip, and her information was coming up on that chip. 
 
Stephanie picked up Rusty Saturday afternoon at SpokAnimal.  As luck would have it, SpokAnimal was having a $10 microchip day on Saturday, and successfully chipped 26 animals with their owners information.  And Stephanie was there during the clinic, singing the praises of her nine year old chip.
 
Now 11 yrs old, Rusty is a much older cat and in pretty rough shape.  He has several mats of fur on his body, and ear mites, which leads Stephanie to believe that Rusty may have been homeless for some time.  But she's thrilled to have him back with her family, and wishes he could tell the tale of where he's been for the past nine years. 
 
Stephanie's husband was recently laid off, and the Fulkerson family is looking for donations to help Rusty get back on track with his grooming and vet care, and vaccinations.  For contact information on how to help, please call SpokAnimal at 534-8133.  Interested donors can give to the Lucky to be Alive fund in Rusty's name.
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