Submitted by GSPCA on 14:28, 15th Feb, 2012 | 0

We all hope that Valentines Day will be a happy one and for 2012 it certainly was for one cat.

A Guernsey family almost a year ago lost their tabby cat and as all worried owners reported him lost to the local radio and searched high and low with no luck.  In the early hours of last night the GSPCA Night Warden had a call regarding a stray cat which a worried member of public had seen repeatedly over a period of weeks.  The Warden on duty, Bryony Nichols went to collect the cat and arriving at the Shelter she and Steve Byrne, GSPCA Manager scanned the cat for a microchip and were over joyed to find that he had one.  A call was made and very quickly we tracked down the owner who within 20 minutes of the cat being at the Shelter was back in their arms.

Dipstick who was aptly named fortunately only had a few small scratches and was in good condition otherwise.  He was very happy to see members of his family and if it hadn't been for the fact he was microchipped then he may never have found his owners.

At the GSPCA we microchip for only £10 and would encourage all owners to get this form of identification done as it can mean that if an animal is brought in as a stray we can be ringing within moments of the animal coming into our care.  No appointment is necessary, just pop in with your animal between 9am and 4.30pm, Monday to Saturday and our trained staff can help give you this peace of mind.
We also have an engraving machine at the Shelter if you need a tag for your dogs collar which is a requirement with the Guernsey Dog Tax from only £6.

Steve Byrne, GSPCA Manager said 'It is one of the best parts of the job when you can find an owner of a missing pet.'  'I would be heart broken if my dog went missing but she is microchipped and I know would be scanned and be back with me if she did go missing.'  'Every owner of a dog or cat should get this done and it would certainly help us as a rescue organisation as we can get animals back to their owners a lot quicker.'  'Dipstick and his family were very happy and he hopefully won't go missing again and it was a lovely Valentines surprise.'

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