ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - More than two years after Ripley the cat went missing, she's back at home with her original owners in Albuquerque.
Jessi Adkins is happy to have Ripley the cat back home. In October 2010, Ripley wandered out the front door and left a hole in Adkins' life.
"I adopted her right after I moved out on my own," Adkins said. "She was my first kind of companion. I lived with her before I lived with my husband, so she's been with me for a long time."
Adkins and her husband put fliers up in their neighborhood, logged onto pet locator websites religiously, and check with both Animal Welfare and Animal Humane New Mexico.
Then Friday, Adkins got the phone call she'd waited years for.
"The woman on the phone says, 'Is this Jessi?'" Adkins recalled. "I said, yeah. She said, 'Did you adopt a cat named Ripley back about eight years ago?' And my breath caught in my throat."
A man who had found Ripley two years ago recently brought her to Animal Humane New Mexico for a microchipping clinic. But Ripley already had a microchip. Through the information in the chip, Animal Humane tracked down Adkins.
Dawn Glass with Animal Humane New Mexico says two good lessons come from this tale.
"Be sure you always microchip your pets," Glass said. "If your pet gets lost, even if they have a collar and tag, that can often fall off and get lost. If they have a microchip, no matter what happens, if they're taken to a shelter or veterinarian, they can be scanned and returned to you."
And if you find a lost or wandering animal, Glass says have a vet check for a microchip. It can save the owner-- and you-- some heartache.
"I know it must've been hard for them to give up their pet, but i hope that they would recognize for us to get somebody back into our life that was so important is a miracle, it's a huge blessing," Adkins said.