- 4 years ago
- Wedding: June 2012
My husband and I got an amazing kitten last year, Lucy. We got her from our SPCA, she came with a microchip and we had her registered. She was also spayed when we got her.
On June 7th of this year, she never came home. We live in a highly populated area, but near the top of the hills so it’s common to see lots of wild life like bears, coyotes, deer, etc. We looked for her every day – walked the neighbour hood every day, called her, drove around looking for her, contacted the SPCA, did everything. We never found her, so I hoped that someone had just taken her in, instead of her getting eaten, which I thought had happened.
Today, I get a phone call but I hate answering unnown numbers so I let it go to voice mail. I listen to the message, it’s a vet clinic, saying someone brought a cat in to get spayed but when they opened her, they realized she had already been spayed. They scanned the microchip and saw she was registered to me. I stopped listening to the message at this point because I was so frigging excited they found Lucy! So I call back and the tech starts talking saying how I’m in a tough situation. I was like huh? I didn’t listen to the whole message cuz I was just so excited someone found Lucy. So she tells me that this lady has been taking care of the cat since “spring’ ( we lost her on June 7th.. that’s pretty summer ish to me.) That she’s really upset about the siutation and wants to keep her. Says she put up posters and called the SPCA but no one claimed her so she kept her. They said the lady brought her in for all her vaccinations and now was getting her spayed. So I asked if she could tell me what area of town the cat was found and she told me the street the lady lives on, it’s the strret off of the one we live on, you turn on their street to get to ours. She says that the our cat was hanging around her place so she started to feed her then it just never left and after she put up the posters and no one contacted her that she decided to keep the cat.
So now they tell me I have to decide what I want to do, but law they are required to tell me that someone has found her, but that this person really wants to keep her. I have to tell them 2 horus from the phone call as the cat will be out of sedation by then ( they actually got to the point of opening her up before they realized she was already spayed) and she can be picked up then.
So now I’m really upset. Like I said, I walk the neighbourhood every day. I would have seen a poster. When they brought her in for vaccinations, and if she said she was a “stray” why wouldn’t they have checked for a microchip? Wouldn’t a vet have noticed a scar from being spayed previously? I feel bad because this person has grown attached to Lucy, thought she was going to keep her, then finds out she has a previous owner.
So I had to make the decison of taking her back or letting the new lady keep her. Let me tell you, I want my frigging cat back. But, I had come to terms with her being gone and had always hoped that someone had taken her in. Now someone is trying to do the right thing by having her spayed and now this cat might get taken away? I’m so torn. It’s my cat, I want it back, but how I can take her back?
Ultimately I decided to let the lady keep her. The main reason being is that Lucy was an outdoor cat. She went crazy inside and always wanted to be outside. If I took her back I’d let her out and she wouldn’t probably end back at this other ladies house as it’s a block away. I’m so upset though, I’ve been bawling all day. So, back to my question. What the hell is the point in having an animal microchipped if no one checks to see if they have one. My advice. get your animals tattoed. It’s obvious, everyone can see them and know they belong to someone. No confusion there.