Microchip helps El Paso dog reunite with family after six years apart

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Dogs are like family to us, and one local pet parent is holding hers a little extra tight after spending years apart.

“Opal”, a teacup pomeranian, got away from home six years ago and was recently found wandering the streets of Northeast El Paso.

When a good samaritan took Opal to El Paso Animal Services, employees saw that she was microchipped and immediately worked to alert her owner.

“We called with little hope since people usually change phone numbers often and don’t update, and she answered!” shelter employee Myrna De La Torre told KTSM.

Within the hour, the owner rushed to the facility and embraced the dog for the first time in years.

“She was in disbelief,” De La Torre said. “When she saw Opal, her face lightened up.”

The woman said that although her pup was gone for so long, she still kept all her paperwork in hopes of her return.

“She came in and provided everything we needed to show it was her furry baby,” De La Torre said.

The shelter says the reunion was heartwarming, but also out of the ordinary.

“We are so used to hundreds of dogs coming in without a microchip,” De La Torre said. “It was refreshing to actually be able to reunite them with a simple phone call!”

Animal Services is reminding the community of the importance of microchipping pets.

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