Our Cat Came Back

It’s true! Even animal hospitals lose their cats. But thanks to a tiny microchip, Mary Kate, the clinic cat at Askey Animal Hospital, was returned home to us last year. She slipped out during our renovations in May of 2010. We searched everywhere for her but she was nowhere to be found. While we panicked, she happily received food all summer long from a very kind gentleman who thought she was a feral cat.

As the temperature dropped, the man began to feel concerned that she wouldn’t make it through the winter so he brought her to the Burlington Humane Society on 740 Griffith Court. As is the policy at most shelters, she was scanned for a microchip. And Bingo! Our cat came back!

Microchips are no bigger than a grain of rice and are growing in popularity. In addition to shelters and veterinarians most kennels, breeders, trainers, rescue groups, farms, animal clubs, and pet stores use microchips. The other forms of identification including name tags and tattoos can easily get lost or missed when your pet is brought to a shelter. If your pet turns up at the animal shelter and its nametag has fallen off or the shelter employee overlooks the number tattoo you may never see them again. However a microchip contains no battery. It is activated only when scanned.

If you have any questions about microchipping, please call your vet.

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