This is going to be a very hard story to write and I can guarantee you that I will cry a few times before finishing this story.
We were called to a store in Rochester to do a chip check on a cat, when we arrived we saw the cat had a brand new collar on and was quite thin but judging by his teeth and ears you could see that he was an old boy. He was not chipped, so we placed him into emergency foster care until we could find his owners.
Within the space of 24 hours we were contacted by a lovely lady that works for the cats protection to say that there was a reported missing cat matching the description and area of the cat that we had found. We spoke to the woman and had it confirmed that it was indeed her cat Bill. Bill was a 22 year old lovely boy and before he was reunited we had his nails cut and he had a full belly ready to go home.
Bill took the whole experience in his stride and was such a happy boy, I even sung to him in the car whilst he stared at me purring away. Bill was reunited that very same day and we offered a microchip to the owners, however the owner stated he will not be going out again as the whole experience had really worried her about his safety.
After a few days we recieved a phone call from Bill’s owner to explain that he had escaped on the Friday (which was only a few days after we got him home) and his owner had been pounding the streets looking for him since she realised he was missing. We also placed Bill back on our website stating he was missing.
We then recieved the most heartbreaking news and after a lot of digging and finding out the correct information we can now reveal that Bill was picked up by a member of the public on the Friday he went missing and was taken to a veterinary practice. After 3 hours of being in the care of the vet he was put to sleep. We are very upset and angry about this situation as we know it can be tough to find owners of animals without a microchip, but we do our very best to find an owner whether the animal is deceased or alive.
If Bill was microchipped this would not have happened as the vet would have had to contact the owner through checking for a chip before making any decisions on his life.
We understand that this will anger a lot of people as much as it has angered us, and we have been allowed by the owners to write about this to help other people with their animals. We are not disclosing any names involved apart from Bill. We just wish that he was given more time than 3 hours to get home safely. We cannot stress enough just how important it is to get your animal chipped. It may not be visible to you, but it is to local authorities that hold microchip scanners.
Rest In Paws Heaven Bill xxxxxxx