On May 2, 2008, the Quezada family returned home from work and school to learn Roxie was missing. The little Pomeranian had been left in the family's back yard, for the day, but was then no where to be found, with no no apparent route of escape. They searched the neighborhood, posted flyers, and checked the shelter, without success. Michelle Quezada said, "We knew Roxie was a runner, because we had once found her and returned her to her original owners. Soon after, they contacted us and asked if we wanted to keep Roxie, because of their schedules."
Fast forward to sometime in September 2013, when Quezada was looking at family photos, "I saw some pictures of Roxie and wondered what might have happened to her." On October 29, she received a telephone call, from someone asking to verify her identity address, and telephone number, "I wondered if it was a scam, then I thought it was a joke." The caller was from a company that manufactures and distributes RFID microchips, who told her someone had found Roxie and had her scanned, at the local shelter. The representative then provided Quezada's telephone number to the person who had found Roxie, and they in turn called her.
"It was unbelievable to get that call after five years. The lady asked me if I was near Bangs, to be able to get Roxie," Quezada said. She was not. In fact, the Quezada family lives fours hours away, in College Station.
Roxie's rescuer, Misti Marney, lives in Bangs. On a Sunday afternoon, she said their own dog began barking at something outside their opened front door. "I looked out and saw Roxie in the street. When I went out, she ran right up to me." The Marney family spent the next two days asking around the neighborhood, trying to find Roxie's owner. They even posted photos to Facebook, hoping someone knew where she belonged. On Tuesday, they decided to take Roxie to the shelter to have her scanned for an RFID chip. "The shelter did find the chip and gave us the telephone number for the company."
Once Roxie's family was located, they communicated frequently over the next seven days, exchanging photos of Roxie, with their respective family members. Finally, the Quezadas were able to arrange to travel to Brownwood and Roxie was reunited with her family. Quezada said, "We are definitely grateful for Misti and her family. She is a small town hero to us, for going out of her way to find us."
Only Roxie knows how she came to be in Bangs, over 200 miles from home. But, she's not talking.
Both families encourage everyone to have their pets implanted with the RFID chips and to have found pets scanned, at either the shelter or a veterinary clinic. "With the chip, there is a window of hope. But, be sure to keep your information updated with the company," Quezada said.
Debra Mathis, of Corrine T. Smith Animal Center, said she was working the day Marney brought in Roxie, "Just about a week earlier, we were able to locate the owner of a cat that had been brought to the shelter." The Center will implant pets for $20, but occasionally holds special events with discounted services. More information is available at www.ctsanimalcenter.org or call, (325)646-0617.