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She's from Boulder, Colorado, but after disappearing five years ago, a calico cat named Willow recently turned up across the country in New York. How she traveled 1,800 miles is still a mystery, but how she made it home is clear: When Willow was a kitten, a microchip with her owners' contact information was implanted in her; animal rescue workers in New York accessed that information with a quick scan of the cat. Vets inject the microchips--tiny transponders the size of a grain of rice--under the skin with a syringe, usually between the shoulder blades; the chips cost about $50 to implant. California, which impounds a million dogs and cats each year, is considering requiring microchipping for all dogs and cats adopted from shelters. But some say the high-tech implant is no substitute for old-fashioned ID tags. "Willow was lost for five years," says an ASPCA official. "If she had been wearing a simple collar and ID tag, she might have gotten home the same day."

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Title Annotation:Pets; missing pet, Willow, found
Publication:New York Times Upfront
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Dec 12, 2011
Words:169
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