The cat came back — 12 years later.
Spaz the cat went missing in 2002.
Linda Edwards of Las Vegas, Nevada, searched tirelessly for her family's missing cat, scouring her community and posting flyers everywhere.
After three months of searching, however, she reluctantly abandoned her attempts.
"I figured if I didn't find him in three months, he's gone," she said.
"A good Samaritan found a kitty wandering around in the area of Decatur and Flamingo on Sun. They brought him here. We scanned him for a microchip and we were able to track down his owner. The kitty, whose name is Spaz, has been missing for 12 years!!!" the hospital posted on Facebook earlier this week.
Brought in as a thin, dirty stray, Spaz was almost immediately reunited with his owner thanks to an identifying microchip embedded in his skin.
"I couldn't believe it," Edwards told KSNV News.
"I feel like I have a second chance," she said. "This would have never happened if it weren't for microchips."