Border Terrier Rufus went missing on Thursday 23rd September 2010. Witnesses reported seeing him being taken off in a blue car in his home town of Nantwich, Cheshire.
Five and a half years later, Rufus was handed in as a stray to the Vets Now team at Castle Vets Pet Healthcare Centre, on Sunday 27th March 2016. He was scanned and found to have a microchip, which was flagged as him being a stolen dog. His owners were contacted immediately and drove to Reading to collect him.
Six hours later Rufus was back home with his family, who had missed him terribly and were overjoyed to have him back. His owners report that Rufus seems very happy to be home again.
We will probably never know where Rufus has been for the past five and a half years, but it goes to show that microchipping does reunite missing and stolen pets with their owners.