PET OWNERS, PLEASE BE SURE YOUR PETS ARE IDENTIFIABLE! IT COULD MAKE THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LIFE AND DEATH FOR THEM!
About three months ago, Adopt-a-Pet was phoned by a man who said he was looking for a home for a beautiful fluffy female cat which he had found on the rooftop parking of a building at Canal Walk. The cat had been microchipped presumably by her previous owner but the microchip had not been registered. Beryl and her husband Peter, who are great animal lovers and who are valued supporters of Adopt-a-Pet, offered to foster the cat, who seemed to settle in very well with their own cats. However, after about one month’s stay, the cat, renamed Fluffy, disappeared to everyone’s dismay, and was nowhere to be found. We all thought someone would contact us as Fluffy was by then formally adopted by Peter and Beryl, her microchip was properly registered and she was wearing a cat collar with an ID tag. Two long worrying months passed, until about two weeks ago, a call was received from a man in Parow East, who said that a fluffy cat which he had seen sometime before, had appeared in his garden wearing our ID tag on her collar. He locked up his dogs who are not cat friendly, but was going out shortly.
Beryl and Peter rushed to the scene, but Fluffy had disappeared. The hide and seek went on for several anxious days, until someone else responded to a notice which Beryl and Pete had dropped in nearby post boxes and Fluffy was finally reunited with her caring new owners. According to the second person who had found Fluffy, she had been living in a vacant house for about two months and had survived by eating birds as there were feathers everywhere.
When we tried to piece together the story, it seems that Fluffy’s original owners might have moved out of this house and had given her away to someone living in Canal Walk/Century City several months ago and she was probably on
her way home when she was intercepted the first time. In order to reach
the deserted house, she had to cross the N1 highway from Beryl and Peter’s home in Monte Vista. Quite a story, showing the faithfulness of animals towards their owners. Fluffy was lucky because so many good people were
concerned about her. Most importantly she was identifiable. It is so sad
that animals with a story to tell and whose owners cannot be identified
could lose their lives if they should get into the wrong hands. The moral
of the story is – Pet Lovers, make sure your pets are identifiable, and that they are microchipped and are wearing ID tags AT ALL TIMES, WHICH SHOULD NEVER BE REMOVED.