BOISE, Idaho (CBS2) — This little kitty sure does have a story to tell.
Walter the cat went missing about five years ago. His owner searched for months, keeping a close eye on any social media posts. But nothing.
After five years, a cat was found roaming the Boise Avenue and Geckler area with a large wound on his foot and his coat was caked with mud and mats. He had fight wounds all over his body.
He was taken to the Idaho Humane Society as a stray.
"He was very stressed out," a spokesperson told CBS2 on Thursday.
But it didn't take long for workers at IHS to figure out who was Walter's owner. He was wearing a collar.
"It’s truly remarkable that it managed to stay on while he roamed the streets for all those years," his owner told IHS. "This truly showed us the value of having collars on all our pets for times like these!”
The Humane Society says Walter's unbelievable story is a good reminder for pet owners to make sure they are microchipped and have a collar.
"In the unfortunate event your pet becomes separated from you, the chances of being reunited greatly increase if they’ve been microchipped or have a collar on," IHS said.
Speaking of, the Humane Society says it's hosting a free microchipping event at its Dorman location for the first 100 people and then $20 after that. It will be from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Sunday.