The RSPCA is reminding owners of the power of the microchip after reuniting two cats with their owners – one after nearly 17 months of being missing and the other after seven years.
Both were thought to have been strays by the people who called us about them – and neither owner could have been traced had they not chipped their missing and much-loved pets.
Jack, a black-and white male (pictured left with owner Sam Tendall), was found in Brackley Road, Chiswick, West London last Wednesday (22 February) with a large abscess on his face, which was 2cm wide and was oozing puss and blood.
He was taken to the charity’s Putney Animal Hospital to get treatment for the wound, and it was discovered there was a microchip linking him to an an address a few streets from where he was found.
A phone call tracked down a delighted owner, now living 61 miles away in Northampton, who said he had been missing for seven years. They jumped straight into the car to drive the two hours to be able to collect him, after the wound on his face had been treated.
RSPCA Animal Collections Officer (ACO) Prisca Giddens said: “Who knows what had happened to Jack in those seven years.
“It seems a long time for him to live on the street. Perhaps he got lost and couldn’t find his way home, and then his family moved all the way to Northampton which made it harder for him to find them.
“It is wonderful when you can reunite families with their pets like this – it was obvious how much they had missed him and were so delighted to see him again after all this time.
“It just shows you how useful it is to microchip your pet – I would never have known he had a family missing him otherwise.”
The week before, another cat – Kiara – was also reunited with her family after she had been missing since September 2015. The family had just moved to a house in Peterswood in Harlow, Essex and she escaped three days later.
The grey female (pictured below with her owners Grace Kelly (aged 4), David Kelly (aged 13) and Jack kelly (aged 16) was found on Wednesday, 15 February and was at first believed to have been abandoned. We found her in good body condition but living on the street, but a quick check of her microchip revealed that she was owned by a family living nearby who had registered her as missing for nearly 17 months.
RSPCA Animal Collections Officer Lucky Fackerell said: “The family were absolutely over the moon to have her back
“They had been searching for her far and wide and putting posters everywhere they could think of, but just had not been able to find her.
“She hadn’t strayed far but obviously that little bit too far to remember her way home – especially being such a new home she was not yet familiar with. She is being kept in at the moment, so will hopefully be able to find her own way back again once they dare to let her out again.
“It just goes to show the power of the microchip – we would not have been able to reunite this family with their much loved pet without it.”
The RSPCA would like to remind people to get their pets microchipped to give their lost pets the chance of returning home. It is also important to register the chip with a national database and update your contact details if you move or change phone number. More information can be found at www.rspca.org.uk/allaboutanimals/pets/general/microchipping
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