“Amtrak” rolled into the shelter on October 14, 2010 without identification or a microchip. Shortly after coming in, a woman mistakenly identified him as her missing cat, but at the last minute realized he wasn’t her cat after all. So it was back to the station for poor Amtrak.
In the days that followed, Amtrak was almost adopted on one occasion, but the potential adopter did not return for him. After that, Amtrak came down with a cold and was removed from the adoption floor temporarily to recover.
Well, it seems destiny did not have a new home in store for Amtrak because his original family found him. They came upon his description on the MultCoPets web site! It turned out Amtrak’s real name is Tigger. He had been missing for 6 weeks when he came into the shelter. Luckily, this was a happy ending for Tigger and his owners, but Tigger came very close to never being reunited with his family.
The moral of the story? It’s important not to give up too soon when searching for a missing pet. Pets often show up months and occasionally even years after they go missing. And consider microchipping and licensing your pets - identification would have sent Tigger home weeks sooner.