Cat Has Emotional Reunion with Owner after Going Missing for Eight Months

Hi everyone,

Please find below another fantastic rescue story from our friends at The Mayhew Animal Home charity.

It’s another great example of why microchipping is so important and can help reunite families and their beloved cats. : )

Thanks,

Marc

Cat Has Emotional Reunion with Owner after Going Missing for Eight Months

A cat who went missing for eight months had an emotional reunion with his worried owner, thanks to having the correct microchipping details and The Mayhew Animal Home.

Two-year-old Pepsi arrived at The Mayhew, when a member of the public brought him into the Home after she found him living as a stray outside a school in Harlesden.

Pepsi was immediately settled into a comfy and warm cat cabin and was given a thorough health check by The Mayhew’s vet team. Thankfully, he was in a good condition and was wearing a collar.

The Mayhew’s Animal Welfare Officers were then able to scan Pepsi for a microchip, and found that luckily he had a chip registered to a family.

Cat Welfare Coordinator at The Mayhew, Georgina Disney, said: “One of the first things we do when an animal is brought in to us, is check for a microchip so we can contact the owner as quickly as possible. Fortunately, Pepsi was microchipped and his owner had called up the microchipping company to mark him as missing. As soon as I rang the chip company, I found out he had been missing for eight months and that his family would be looking for him, so I was easily able to contact them and give them the good news that he was safe at our Home.”

The Mayhew’s Officers discovered that Pepsi’s owner had last seen her beloved pet in October 2016 just before she went on holiday – a whopping eight months before he was found.

Pepsi’s owner, Davinia, said: “I couldn’t believe it when I got the call from Georgina at The Mayhew Animal Home to say Pepsi had been found. I honestly thought I’d never see him again and didn’t think it was real because it had been so long since we last saw him.”

“I had last seen Pepsi back in October 2016 when I went on holiday. I left him with a friend to take care of him when I was away, and unfortunately he must have got out and become lost. I desperately tried to find Pepsi again, and rang up every rescue to see if he had been found and notified the microchipping company that he was missing, but sadly had no luck.”

After being lost for such a long time, Pepsi was finally reunited back with Davinia.

Davinia, said: “I was so nervous, overwhelmed and excited to see Pepsi again. My kids missed him so much and it’s great to be able to have him back.”

“Since getting back home, Pepsi has settled in wonderfully, it is as though he didn’t go missing at all.  We’re all so pleased, including Pepsi.  He is very content and is getting spoilt.”

“Microchipping your pet is so important; if Pepsi hadn’t been microchipped I really don’t think we would have seen him again.”

Georgina, added: “We were over the moon to help reunite Davinia back with her beloved pet. We don’t know what happened to Pepsi during the eight months and can imagine he must have been so scared. We’re glad that he is safe now and is back with his family, where he can be loved again.”

“Pepsi’s story highlights how important it is to get your pet microchipped, as it means we can quickly reunite lost pets with their owners. Sadly we get hundreds of stray cats and dogs come in to us every year who haven’t been microchipped, and it’s heart-breaking to think that they could be someone’s missing pet.”

We strongly advise all pet owners to have their animal microchipped to significantly increase your chances of being reunited should the unthinkable happen and your pet becomes lost or is stolen. If Pepsi hadn’t been chipped we wouldn’t have been able to trace him back to his family, where he belongs.”

“It’s also so important to keep details up-to-date on the microchipping database, and to notify the chip company if you change phone numbers, address or if your pet does go missing. Unfortunately, we see many pets come in who have been microchipped but don’t have their owners current details registered to the chip, so we are unable to get in contact with the owner.”

Microchipping is cheap, harmless and takes seconds. The Mayhew offers low cost microchipping services at their Community Vet Clinic in Kensal Green, North West London. Please call 020 8962 8017 or email vetclinic@mayhewanimalhome.org to book an appointment.

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21 thoughts on “Cat Has Emotional Reunion with Owner after Going Missing for Eight Months

  1. I’m so pleased that Pepsi returned to Davinia and her family. They must have been so pleased to have him back home. ❤😃
    Stories like this reinforce the value of having our pets microchipped, and keeping their details up to date. Please remember indoor cats should be microchipped too, just in case they manage to get out anytime.

  2. Davinia and Pepsi’s story is further proof of the value of microchipping one’s pets. Even indoor pets should be microchipped just in case they accidentally get outside.

    Further, the updating of information on the microchip is so important. It speeds up the reunion with your pet if you’ve moved or have other changes on the microchip information.

    All said, though, I enjoyed learning how Davinia and Pepsi were reunited because of a microchip because it reminds us just how useful a tool the microchip can be should a pet go missing! Thanks for sharing Davinia and Pepsi’s.

    I personally had my two kitty boys microchipped on the same day I had them neutered. They were at the veterinarian’s anyway.

  3. If a cat disappears, it is because you have access to the outside and is not neutered solution? strengthen security measures and neuter it. A neutered cat does not usually wander around outside.

    1. True in many cases but even some neutered cats will wander off far. Which is why I always recommend to protect a garden with something like protectapet (cat enclosures to keep your garden cat safe!)

  4. Can’t tell you how much I love this post. In addition to cat writing and blogging, I created and operate a social media lost pet organization for my community. People give up too quickly and as far as cat’s are concerned, may, upon finding a cat think stray rather than lost. Stories like this make my heart smile and make the folks in our area who are looking for lost pets have hope.

  5. So happy for Pepsi that he found his family back. Granny’s cat Gismo run away, but wasn’t micro-chipped, because it didn’t exists at that time. He was never found back 🙁 Good Luck Pawkisses to Pepsi and his family 🙂 <3

    1. Oh no! I didn’t realise granny had lost a Feline companion in such a terrible way. 🙁

      One can only hope that he found a home that he decided to move in to :/

      1. Granny hopes that too, Marc. He was a very socially cat, everybody in the neighbourhood loved him. It is more than twenty years ago and she searched for him all that time, unfortunately without any luck. When Angel was born in 1995 he was chipped after 6 weeks and it gave Granny a better feeling. I think it was introduced just before 1995 in the Netherlands and now it is required for dogs, not yet for cats….*rolls eyes*. Pawkisses 🙂 <3

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