by Samantha Drake
When a thin, black cat with white paws, stomach, and chin was brought to the Humane Society of Central Oregon in Bend, Ore., shelter staff uncovered good news and bad news during the routine health exam.
The good news is the cat had a microchip, which allowed the staff to contact the cat’s owners. Amazingly, the cat, called “Brave,” had been missing for seven years. When called, Brave’s owner, Mark Reinecke, was shocked to learn the cat had been found, according to the Humane Society.
The bad news is that shelter staff felt a mass in Brave’s abdomen, which a vet confirmed was cancer, the Humane Society said in a March 20 post on its Facebook page.
The Humane Society reported that Reinecke family reunited with Brave and will care for the cat during the time he has left.
Microchip identification is an invaluable tool for reuniting lost pets with their owners. As the shelter noted in its Facebook post, the Reinecke family moved twice after their cat disappeared but Mark Reinecke retained the same cell phone number. Brave, now 10 years old, was found in the same town he lived in when he first went missing.