(CBS) — A cat has been reunited with his family 10 years after he vanished.
It’s all because of some dedicated cat-loving volunteers and modern technology.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Breezy On Tuesday
CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports.
Oliver was two years old when he got out of his family’s home in northwest suburban Lake Zurich.
The family thought poor Oliver had been hit by a car.
But stories about Oliver’s demise were premature.
On Saturday night, Kim Vonesh and other volunteers who trap cats so they can be neutered and released, saw a security guard feeding Oliver and other cats.READ MORE: Proposed Laws Would Improve Privacy Protections For Sex Crime Victims In Illinois
“Six years she’s been feeding him,” Vonesh says.
Did we say this was in Chicago’s River North neighborhood? That’s 37 miles from Lake Zurich.
“How does that happen?” Vonesh says.
The volunteers got the cats to the PAWS Chicago animal shelter, where folks there found Oliver had a microchip -– and a family.
On Monday night, Laura Kleban – who was 17 when Oliver vanished — saw her cat for the first time in a decade.
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Vonesh and the other volunteers emphasize pet owners should make sure their dogs and cats have microchips, even if they’re inside pets.