“RV” (pictured at right), a four-year-old long-haired calico cat in Seattle, was flown to Tucson yesterday and reunited with her owner, Ken Gold. RV had been missing for nine months.
The story began in July 2008, when RV’s owner prepared to relocate from Seattle to Tucson. Despite delaying his departure for a day to search for the missing cat, RV was nowhere to be found and did not return. As a result, Gold had to move without her and rely on the cats own instincts for survival and a HomeAgain microchip implanted by RVs veterinarian when hoping for a safe return.
Nearly nine months later, a Seattle resident found RV and called the King County Animal Care and Control. After quickly locating the cats HomeAgain microchip, Sgt. Brenda Dyrdahl, acting shelter supervisor, said they were able to locate RV in the database, reach out to the owner and begin the process of reuniting the cat with her family. Gold had made a point of updating his contact information through the HomeAgain service.
We find using microchips extremely valuable in our line of work, said Dyrdahl. This is the perfect example of why a pet owner should consider using this type of service and keep their contact information up to date. Microchipping doesnt locate every animal, but it keeps hope alive and makes miracles happen.
“This is a great example of why it is so important to have two forms of identification on your cat at all times,” interim director for King County Animal Care and Control, Nancy McKenney added. “If your pet wears an ID tag, a license, and has a microchip, the chances of having your pet return home are exponentially greater than if they were wearing just one form of identification or none at all.”
So in addition to having a microchip like HomeAgain’s, which allows you to keep your contact info current, it’s important to have an ID tag that provides current contact information for you should your pet go missing and you move or are displaced from your home. Created in partnership with the American Red Cross, Together Tag is an ID Tag and pet recovery service rolled into one, and perfectly complements microchipping.