For six months, a family in the Vegas area was distraught, looking for their beautiful kitty, Rem. The family was ‘relentless’ in their search but were heartbroken when Rem’s location remained a mystery.
But they kept hope alive: Rem was microchipped, and her information was up to date when she went missing. However, she was also fearful of strangers. So the odds were she wouldn’t go near anybody long enough for them to check her for a microchip. Enter TNR (trap, neuter, return) rescuers!
Community Cat Caretakers Caught Rem
All across the country, volunteers caring for colony cats get a huge purrrk when they notice cats like Rem. We call them ‘Microchip reunions,‘ and they are a pawesome part of caring for colony cats through TNR.
When colony caretakers spot a newcomer like Rem in their colony, they set a live trap to catch them. As skittish as Rem was, she was obviously used to the life of a pampered house cat. So, eventually, her hunger overtook her, and she couldn’t resist going inside a trap for some food. Meanwhile, experienced rescuers stay well out of sight until they can spring the trap!
It was an exciting day when the vets at the rescue clinic scanned Rem and got the data they needed to contact her family.
“Rem was trapped and brought to our Community Cat Clinic, where we make it a priority to scan every community cat for a microchip. We were overjoyed to see her information was in the system. 🤩 Even better, the info was up to date and we were able to contact her relieved mom,” Heaven Can Wait (HCW) shared.
Of course, the best part was witnessing the reunion of Rem and her incredibly relieved mama. What could be better than seeing overwhelming joy, healing broken hearts, and knowing you’ve helped change lives forever?
“The joy of reuniting Rem with her loving family was immeasurable. Rem’s mom had been worried sick, and her feline companions at home missed her dearly,” HCW shared.
As a frightened kitty, Rem was waking up from sedation since she was ready to fight anyone when she came into the clinic. But even in her groggy state, she knew he mom was there at last.
“The friendly ones we are able to scan without sedation, but if they show a lot of fear or aggression, we will need to sedate them before scanning or examining them. It is for the safety of our staff and volunteers. Rem here was probably showing a lot of fear, poor thing. Her mom let us know when she came to pick her up that she does have a lot of fear of other people,” the rescue shared.
It must have been a love fest when Rem got back home, where her brother was waiting for her!
Video by Heaven Can Wait Animal Society:
Hope for a Microchip Reunion
Of course, the best way to prevent losing your cat is to keep them safely indoors, in a patio area. But cats are clever and do frequently manage an escape anway. So, having that microchip and up-to-date information registered with the chip company greatly increases the odds of a happy reunion should they manage to get lost one day.
“Microchipping and keeping your pet’s info current could save their life. Make sure your pet’s chip is up to date, and spread the word to fellow pet lovers!” HCW shared.
And if you or somebody you know has lost a pet, don’t lose hope. We’ve seen so many incredible reunions after over a decade from across the country and even the globe. If you have experienced a similar microchip reunion, let us know in the comments!