Family Cat Reunited After two and a Half Years Missing
– Pet charity urges owners to microchip cats –
The Blue Cross rehoming centre in Tiverton, Devon, was thrilled to reunite a family with their beloved cat after he’d been missing for two and a half years. The family happened to spot the rehoming centre’s Facebook post about a ‘stray’ cat having been handed in and immediately recognised the missing moggie.
Rehoming Supervisor Annaliese White said: “At Blue Cross, we get so many cats being brought in as stray, it’s really sad. Most of the time these are clearly owned pets who’ve been well loved and well looked after, they just haven’t been microchipped.
“Topsy was a very lucky boy as he wasn’t microchipped, he could very well have never seen his family again. Whilst wonderful, this incredibly happy case is a rarity. Cats are often an important member of the family so please, if you own a cat, get them microchipped and keep the details up-to-date, or risk losing them forever if they go missing.”
The four-year-old black and white cat, was reunited with his family at the charity’s rehoming centre in Bickleigh and taken back home to be reintroduced to his sister Bella, he is settling back in well and enjoying being back where he belongs.
Emma Grant, Topsy’s relived owner said: “I couldn’t believe it when I saw Topsy on Tiverton’s Facebook page, he’s been missing for so long we thought we’d never see him again. I only started following Blue Cross Tiverton on Facebook a short time before because I wanted to help my friend adopt a pet. I never expected it to help me find my missing Topsy!
“You don’t realise how important microchipping is until something happens. Topsy has settled in well and to be honest it’s like he has never been away. We’re all so glad he’s finally home again, my daughter Isabella is over the moon! There were some very happy tears shed.”
Blue Cross is lobbying for more to be done in Government in relation to cat identification. A debate in June saw Government look at an e-petition on compulsory scanning of microchips when cats are involved in road traffic accidents, the debate also noted a visible need for compulsory microchipping in cats, as it currently is with dogs.
For more information about the microchipping cats visit https://www.bluecross.org.uk/blue-cross-calls-compulsory-cat-microchipping-prevent-heartbreak
For general information about the charity, or to offer a loving home to a needy pet, please contact Blue Cross Tiverton on 0300 777 1560 or visit www.bluecross.org.uk