We were contacted by a lady called Hannah who is on a quest to find her own lost cat Teddy. She explained that there is a website call Animal Search UK and there were a few cats found around Kent that haven’t been checked for a microchip, so we messaged all of the finders of the cats and recieved a message back from an advert that said ‘cat found in barn’.
We exchanged numbers and organised to check for a microchip at a suitable time. The cat had been living in a woman’s barn for quite some time and we did not expect the cat to be microchipped at all. To our surprise, he was chipped. His name on the microchip details was Brian and he was 15 years old. The finder of the cat had been calling the cat Farell because she thought he was a feral cat.
So we set about trying to get in touch with the owner and rang the phone numbers on the microchip and went to the last known address on the microchip with no luck. When we had exhausted all avenues we turned to Google and Facebook and found one person on Facebook with the same second name as the owner in this area and sent a message with crossed fingers. The woman knew which cat we were speaking about and got in touch with the owner. We eventually found out that Brian/Farell had been missing for approximately 12 years!
His name was Brian on his microchip details, however the original owner had been calling him Vichi.
The owner is not able to take the cat back as her circumstances have changed so much in those 12 years that it wouldn’t be fair to stress him out and move him from where he was happy, so the finder is happy to take care of him, the owner is happy for him to be there and he will be spending his retirement in the barn that he has chosen as his new home.
If this isn’t proof enough that microchipping your animals works, I don’t know what is.