I know some of you already know this story from Facebook, LA Trappers or otherwise, but I just thought I’d put it in a single e-mail to encourage feral colony caretakers to microchip and send it on if anyone would like to share with others…. 🙂
My very favorite feral cat, Rhett, was relocated to my apartment complex from a government site in Santa Ana where Animal Control was trapping and killing. Rhett was actually transferred out of an AC trap into my own 30 minutes before they arrived to retrieve him. I didn’t have micro-chips when he and his colony-mate, the first 2 of 5 to be trapped, fixed and relocated here, were neutered. But during their month in cages for recolonization, I took them out and back to the vet to have microchips inserted – no easy feat! I am SO GLAD I did!!
After being released from his cage, he took to a tree in the courtyard of the complex where he spent almost every single day for a year, perched 25 feet above the ground, coming down at night to eat. He has been admired and adored by many (especially me!) for his unusual choice of location as well as his handsomeness and soul-fulness. He’d been missing for several months now and I’ve been beside myself worrying and trying to accept that I would probably never see him again and never know what happened to him.
Well, today, I got the call… Strangely enough, he had been trapped in LAGUNA HILLS (more than 20 miles from where I live in Anaheim!) and turned into the shelter. He’d been there for a week but they were unable to find a microchip at first. Yesterday, they sedated him in preparation for execution and then, found his microchip! So, I was able to spring him from the shelter today and he’s now back home!!
I’ll never know how he ended up trapped in Laguna Hills but my only guess is that he jumped in someone’s car or truck, thinking it was a nice place to sleep (I had recently moved their feeding station from the courtyard to the parking lot due to tangles with management so he was new to this area) and he inadvertently stowed away with someone to work or something….
I am seriously baffled and probably always will be but I’m just SOOOO HAPPY my Rhettie was microchipped and that he is alive and back home!! So, that’s the moral – go to the trouble and extra expense to microchip your ferals… It saved Rhett’s life today!!
Rhett’s jailbreak pic today