The worst thing ever is losing a pet. The feeling is heartbreaking. No one ever wants to lose a member of their family. But thanks to microchip technology, missing pets have been easier to find than before. Thankfully, that’s what happened with this orange tabby in Canada.
Vet Tech Loses Cat
Five years ago, a woman who happens to also be a vet tech lost her cat. Unfortunately, the woman had to move away from her home in the Greater Victoria area of Canada to Ontario. Even though it had been years, the woman never did give up hope. She knew her cat had to be somewhere!
The group located in the area, Find Lost and Escaped Cats, also known as FLEC, had the kitty on their missing list for 5 years. FLEC is based out of Vancouver Island in Canada and is a not-for-profit.
A Story that Takes a Twist
There seems to be a bit of confusion on how the cat was found but this is how it plays out: In February, the cat was first reported missing by a family living in Colwood. It seems the cat was living with the family for a while when he committed a bit of a Houdini routine and escaped. A good samaritan found the cat near Royal Bay bluff. This person took the cat to a vet to check for a microchip and to get checked for their health. So between the family and the good samaritan, the story takes a twist.
Here’s the twist: the Colwood family didn’t realize the cat had a microchip. When the vet checked, that’s when they found out the cat had been missing for 5 years. He was someone else’s cat long before the family found him! What we don’t know is how the family ended up with the cat after he was first reported missing by his original owner. His original owner was now living in St. Catherines, Ontario.
“I think you could have knocked the owner over with a feather when they were contacted,” FLEC President Jill Oakley told the Saanich News of the cat’s original owner.
The post of the kitty missing was originally posted on FLEC’s Facebook page, where they post missing and found cats in the area.
Never Give Up on Hope
He’s such a cutie! We’re so glad that the owner was reunited with their lost cat. The owner mentioned that the reunion reiterates the importance of having your pets microchipped. You never know what will happen, or who will find them, or even how many years later!
“This is why we always tell people with missing pets to never give up,” FLEC stated in the Facebook post.