In the UK this week, Amy Turnbull was reunited with her cherished cat, Allsort after six years.
When Allsort disappeared in 2003, she was devastated, certain she would never see him again.
Despite posting “missing cat'” flyers everywhere and conducting an extensive search, there was no sign of the black cat.
Imagine her amazement this week when she opened a letter from a local vet, telling her that Allsort had found. Not only that, but he’d been living just five streets away.
Amy said, “It was one of the worst days of my life when I realized Allsort had gone. I was absolutely beside myself, it was horrific.
“I had given up all hope of ever finding him, it was terrible. I never thought in a million years I’d have him back.”
Allsort, who was only a year old when he disappeared, was taken in by an elderly couple who thought he was a stray. They made a fuss over him, but later he moved on to different owners. When the new owners they took him to the vet, an ID chip was discovered. Scanning it, the vet discovered that Amy was Allsort’s owner.
She added: “I had seriously thought he was gone forever and that he was dead.”
Although this story has a happy ending and demonstrates the value of microchipping your cat, it also demonstrates the value of keeping an ID tag on your pets. If Allsort had worn a tag, the elderly couple who initially found him would not have assumed he was a stray, and he could have been reunited quickly with Amy, sparing her six years of grief.