Do it for your cat, too.
dog in harness in backseat of car
Credit: Many Paws Volunteer Transport Team on Facebook

Venes Mosier’s dog Callie had been missing for nearly three years, ever since someone broke into her Kentucky home during the 2017 holiday season and absconded with Callie and Mosier’s two other dogs. 

Then, on Sept. 17, Cass County Animal Control in Michigan found a pup roaming around a neighborhood near the Indiana state line, news station WOOD reports. The animal control staff then proved yet again why pet owners should follow this rule: 

When the Michiganders scanned the roaming pup to look for a microchip, they found Mosier’s information and Callie’s identity. Until then, Mosier had basically given up on anyone finding her dog. 

“I was kind of shocked because I was like, ‘No way!’ because it’s been three years,” Mosier tells the TV station. 

Cass County officials said someone had obviously been caring for Callie because she was in “great condition.” 

Nonprofit Many Paws Volunteer Transport Team picked Callie up and drove her the 425 miles back home to Kentucky. 

“Microchips are miracle workers,” Many Paws wrote on Facebook

The chips themselves are itty bitty. Implanted in your dog’s skin, they’re overwhelmingly safe for your pup. The chip doesn’t track your dog’s movement, but when it’s scanned, it provides a one-of-a-kind identification number that’s used to find the owners. Bottom line: Make sure your dog—or cat—has one.