For every Henry the Grump who is quickly reunited with his family after being scanned for a microchip, there’s a story like Charlie’s, a cat whose lack of a microchip kept him apart from his family a year and a half longer than necessary.
Charlie the Cat went missing two years ago in Lincoln, CA. Kristian Codero and her family never gave up hope of finding him.
Every time we would see a black and white cat, we had to stop and see if it was Charlie, Kristian said.
The Coderos routinely checked the Placer County SPCA and called animal control and other shelters with no luck.
Field Haven Feline Rescue rescued a very skinny and hungry Charlie outside Home Depot in October 2007. When Field Haven couldnt find an owner, Charlie was put up for adoption, and went to live with another Lincoln family.
But Charlie had litterbox issues and the family returned him after a year.
After a series of medical tests to verify that the litterbox issues were not due to a medical condition, Charlie was certified as physically sound and was put up for adoption again.
Which is how he ended up in a Feline Haven Rescue Booth at Petsmart, where 10-year-old Karrah Codero spotted him while the family was buying pet supplies.
Kristian Codero contacted Field Haven and set up a time to meet the next day and bring Charlie home. It was a tearful reunion as Smith handed Charlie to Kristian, reuniting the cat with his owner after a nearly two-year odyssey.
As soon as he saw Kristian, Charlie came to life, leaving his quiet side behind when he recognized his long-lost family. Feline Haven had never seen Charlie so perky.
While Charlies story has a happy ending, Joy Smith of Field Haven Feline Rescue said that microchips can help make those happy endings more frequent. When Field Haven rescues an animal, one of the first things workers do is scan the animal for a microchip. If a microchip is present, a unique ID number and a telephone number show up, allowing staff to easily contact the rightful owners. If Charlie had been microchipped, the happy and tearful reunion would have occurred in October 2007 instead of this week.
Kristian Codero, Charlies owner, learned her lesson. She immediately got Charlie’s brother microchipped as well.
[LINK/PHOTO CREDIT: Lincoln News Messenger]