Why Microchip:A Reunion Story
At Beacon Veterinary Hospital we strongly believe in helping your pet have a happy and healthy life. One of the ways you can ensure your pet's safety is to make sure they can be reunited with you if they ever get lost. 10 million pets get lost every year. Without ID 90% do not return home. Microchipping greatly increases the chance of reuniting you with your lost pet.
Here is a true reunion story. Without a microchip, Moses may never have made it home again.
My name is Daniel and I just wanted to tell you how happy I am with the petlink service. Without it, there's no way I would have ever seen my cat Moses again. This is his story. It's a bit long, but it's worth it.
I rescued Moses as a kitten. He was abandoned in a parking lot at about 3 months. I work as a veterinary technician, so he was always well taken care of. That being said, I didn't immediately microchip him. Since he was to be indoors only, I didn't see the urgency. I had him chipped on a whim at 1 year, since he was already getting vaccinated. He lived a happy life indoors, frequently hanging out with my parents' 3 dogs. It was always a struggle to keep him down at optimum weight, as he loves to eat.
In December 2011, I went out of town, and came back on the 18th in the middle of the night. I didn't see Moses around, but figured he must be asleep somewhere in the house. The next morning, he wouldn't come to his food bowl, which was very unlike him. After scouring the house looking for him, it occurred to me that he may have gotten outside. This seemed unlikely, as he has never left the front porch. After searching for hours, I had to go to work. I work at an emergency veterinary clinic, and see far too many animals come in that have been hit by cars or attacked by animals. This worried me greatly, as Moses had never been outside to learn where to go and, more importantly, where not to go. The next day, I put up signs at every stop sign and major intersection in about a 1/2 mile radius of my house. I called every veterinary clinic for miles. I also immediately went to petlink's website and reported him missing. Days of searching went by, along with several trips to animal control - just in case. Since I work with animal control frequently at my clinic, I would often ask animal control officers for any information when they came into the clinic. I feel that there was nobody more equipped than me to find him.
A week went by with nothing. I replaced all my signs with laminated ones to outlast frequent rain. Occasionally, I would get calls about my missing cat, but there were never any solid leads. Weeks went by, Christmas and New Years passed, and knowing what I do about the dangers stray animals face, I became discouraged. After a month had passed, my greatest hope was that maybe someone took him in and had decided to keep him, since the chances of him surviving on his own that long were so slim. It was not until February 1st, a month and a half later, that I received an email from petlink stating that Moses had been found. At first, I didn't quite believe it. It gave me the information for Cobb County Animal Control, and I immediately gave them a call. I told them that petlink notified me of my cat being found, and the woman on the phone knew him by name. I rushed to pick him up.
Talking with the Animal Control officer on the phone while on the way, I learned that he was not in good shape. Apparently, he had been out in the wild fending for himself. He was picked up about 5 miles from my house, across a major highway. She asked me his age, which was 4. The woman told me that they had estimated his age as 12. When I finally arrived at the Animal Control shelter, I finally saw him. If I didn't know it was him, I wouldn't have believed it. So weak he could barely move, and all his bones prominently protruding, there was Moses. Usually 12-13 pounds, he weighed in at 6.0 even. He was so filthy that you could hardly tell he had a primarily white coat. Still, aside from being emaciated and filthy, he was alive.
I rushed him to the emergency clinic, where they immediately started treating him. Since he was so badly dehydrated, they immediately put him on IV fluids. They ran all diagnostic tests and they showed that, aside from some slight liver abnormalities and mild anemia, he was not too bad off. He had already vomited the food given to him at the animal shelter, so the plan then became to slowly wean him back onto food without shocking his system and damaging his vital organs. I worked overnight that night, with him as my patient. He quickly began showing his old personality, as he was never a fan of being locked in a cage. He steadily improved overnight, and I was surprised when the doctor told me that he thought it would be best for Moses to come home with me to recover at home. So after a day of hospitalization, I took Moses back home. Aside from an antibiotic for some infected wounds on his pads and a medication for his GI tract, all he needed was rest and a slow and steady diet. He's been home two days now, and he couldn't be doing better.
Without his microchip, I would probably have never seen him again. After being gone more than 6 weeks, most would stop expecting to see their pet show up at an animal shelter alive. Without a chip, Moses would have gone into the general population. It would be very unlikely that he would be adopted, and even less likely he would have been able to recover from near starvation. Thanks to petlink, he is alive and well and at home again. Thanks to petlink, I have Moses back. Thank you so much for providing such a wonderful service. There is no reason that every pet shouldn't have a microchip. If you love your pet, it's a necessity.
P.S. - attached are some photos of Moses, after his return.
Moses At Hospital
Moses Receiving Medical Treatment
Moses Resting At The Hospital
Moses Returns Home