POSTED: Saturday, April 28, 2012 - 3:00pm
UPDATED: Saturday, April 28, 2012 - 3:04pm
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — Who can forget Willow the Cat, the feline celebrity who disappeared from her home in Boulder, Colorado, only to be discovered five years later in New York City.
We may never know how Willow traveled 1,600 miles to the Big Apple, but we do know how she was identified.
Her owner, the Squires family, had implanted a tracking chip in Willow. She was discovered as a stray and taken to an animal shelter, where they tracked the chip to the Squires in Boulder.
Willow's story gives rise to other inventions like this pet tracker which allows you to follow their every movement via cell phone towers.
Plus, more conventional pet tracking chips, which are widely available through vets, animal control officers, and pet stores are rising in popularity.
As the weather warms up there's no telling where your loved one might wander off to, or where they may be found.