Just one reason why Microchipping is so important


Wilson has had a happy reunion with his owner thanks to Cats Protection after being missing for six months!

On 30th November a call came in to the helpline of the Bracknell & Wokingham Districts Branch of Cats Protection from a lady in Bracknell, to say that she had noticed a black cat in her garden for four days and she thought it was a stray. She was concerned it was pregnant, and as she herself was very allergic to cats she couldn’t take it to a vet. She had asked around her immediate neighbourhood but no one knew of the cat.

The call was passed to the Lost and Found Officer, Penny Pouncey, and to the Welfare team. As Anne Young, a member of the Welfare team, lived nearby she arranged to visit with her scanner, paper collars and iPad for photos. When Anne arrived the cat came out from under some shelter and looked in remarkably good condition. As there were no mammary changes Anne concluded that the cat wasn’t pregnant and actually thought it was a neutered male.

Anne managed to scan him and found he was chipped. She therefore called the appropriate chip company, and was given an address in Tilehurst and two telephone numbers. Anne wrongly assumed that the owners had moved to Bracknell as their landline was unobtainable, but when she rang the mobile number she had been given she learned that ‘Wilson’ had indeed gone missing from Tilehurst six months previously, and although his owner had alerted all the vets in her area nothing more was heard of him and she had assumed the worst.

Wilson had probably stowed away in a vehicle, and had it not been for his chip he would never have been reunited with his delighted, loving family.

As a charity that reunites 3,000 cats with their owners every year across the UK, we were delighted that we were able to help reunite Wilson with his owner. Wilson’s story really goes to show the benefits of microchipping.

Thousands of cats go missing every year and research conducted by Cats Protection found that almost half never return, so the charity recommends microchipping as a safe a permanent method of identification.

Microchips contain a unique identification number and are inserted under the cat’s skin between his shoulder blades. The number is linked to a database containing details of the pet, as well as the owner’s contact details. When a scanner detects the microchip, a simple phone call can ascertain the owner’s details and the pet can then be quickly returned home.

However, it is very important pet owners keep their details up to date so owners should check their certificate, which will tell them how to do this. 

Cats Protection is now working with Animal Search UK to reunite more cats and owners.  If you have lost your cat, or found a cat, then please click on the following link for further advice: http://www.cats.org.uk/bracknell/lost-and-found

Alternatively, please contact the Branch’s Lost and Found team, Clare and Phil, on email CPBracknell_lostfound@outlook.com