Microchip helps to find owners

Amanda Nicol found a young cat mid afternoon crying in her backyard after her own cat Harry had discovered him. Amanda brought him to us at the clinic. He was very frightened and had no collar or tags. As normal procedure, we scanned him for a microchip.

Fortunately, a microchip number was detected and Central Animal Records were contacted.

Following confirmation of the cat’s description, the owner’s were contacted. They lived around the corner from Amanda and had been searching for him desperately all that day. He was an inside cat who had snuck out when his owners were not looking.

The owner’s were very grateful to Amanda for bringing him in and for us for contacting them so quickly.

Following this happy reunion, Amanda decided that while Harry was with us for desexing, a microchip should be implanted.

During his anaesthesia, Harry had his microchip implanted via a needle under the skin between the shoulder blades. The microchip is the size of a grain of rice.

On discharge, Amanda had the details of the microchip explained and the paperwork completed and signed. This paperwork was then sent to Central Animal Records so ‘Harry’ was registered so if he wanders away at anytime, he will traced back to Amanda for a happy reunion, similar to that Amanda gave the young cat’s owners.

Important point to remember

Microchips are a permanent means of identification however details MUST BE KEPT CURRENT.

The most common problem that welfare agencies, emergency centres and Council Pounds have is microchips are implanted but owners move and do not update their details.