SHELTER TALES-Owner and cat reunited after more than 10 years
By Shaun Kelly, HSTC Volunteer
Not sure whether to microchip your pet? Microchips can be instrumental in reuniting people and their pets. Animal Services can scan stray pets for a chip and oftentimes return them to their owner without the animal ever spending a night in the shelter.
In the case of FiFi, a 14-year old cat picked up as a stray and brought to the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast, his microchip was definitely responsible for reuniting him with his owner.
Mara Briand’s cat went missing 10 years ago. She put up flyers and asked her neighbors to be on the lookout for him but no one had seen him for months. Mara had given up on ever finding him. A couple of weeks ago a cat picked up in Stuart was brought to our humane society. He was scanned for a microchip and the chip came back registered to Mara. Most likely the cat was cared for by another person who never checked to see if the cat was microchipped and belonged to someone else.
Shelter staff tracked Mara down and told her that her cat had been found and was in the care of the humane society. It was a pretty emotional moment and she had a hard time believing on the phone that it was really FiFi, but when she saw him she knew right away. It was a very happy reunion and Mara brought pictures of FiFi from when he was just 3 years old.
The moral of the story is microchip your pets, be sure to keep your contact information current with the microchip company, and never assume all hope is lost.
The Humane Society of the Treasure Coast will be holding a microchip and rabies clinic on Sat., August 26, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the main shelter, 4100 SW Leighton Farm Avenue, Palm City. For $20, your pet will receive a rabies vaccine and microchip. Appointments are limited, so call ahead to schedule yours!
The Humane Society of the Treasure Coast does not euthanize healthy, adoptable animals to create space or place any time limits on its adoptable animals. For more information, visit http://www.hstc1.org or call (772) 223-8822.
Mara’s children, Natalya and Miguel, with FiFi