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Rescue Story: He Has a Chip!

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Emery looking mysterious

Denise has been feeding this ginger kitty since some time in January. It’s clear he’s socialized, and he’s pretty friendly too. Having him scanned for a chip was difficult just for the timing of clinics or COVID cautions at veterinarians. I got to know him while she was away earlier this month as I fed the gang, and he was reliably present, friendly, hungry, sweet, just an all-around nice cat, the kind you know someone would miss, and the kind you know belonged with someone at one time.

It’s one of the things you hope when you care for community cats, that if a cat is lost you can reunite it with its owner. Because food is one of the first things cats look for when they escape and can’t get back home, showing up where someone is feeding community cats is a likely things to happen. It doesn’t happen very often, but cats aren’t chipped at the rate dogs are, but the numbers are increasing.

A few other kitties eating at Denise’s place are somewhat friendly too, so I thought borrowing a chip scanner might be a better idea. I asked Sherry from Merlin’s Safe Haven Cat Rescue, which is about a mile away, and Sherry is often around our town helping cats. She dropped it off just about the time Denise came back. I could have scanned Emery with no problem, but since we also wanted to scan as many as possible Denise would be the best one to do that since she can pet or even brush many of them. I wouldn’t want my presence to scare them off. I showed her how to use it and she went back to feed dinner.

She messaged me a short while later with a screenshot of the scanner—Emery had a chip! She was surprised how fast it came up–she turned it on sitting next to him and it beeped almost  immediately while the number came up in the screen. That would be pretty exciting on your first try scanning a cat! I sent the screen shot to Sherry and she started looking it up and found it was traced to one of our local shelters from February 2015. This was even more exciting! But in a little disappointing twist, this story will be continued at a later date. I had hoped to have the news today but I’m still waiting to hear back from the shelter. I will share the results in a future rescue story.

In the meantime, let’s send Emery good vibes of an owner that will be soooo happy to see him again!

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