Maxine is back home with her petmom again after going missing for four months, thanks to some kindhearted people, an animal officer and her microchip.
Residents of Leeson Crescent in Barton Seagrave, UK had been feeding the friendly longhaired black cat when she came around, but became concerned when she began to look thin and her fur became very matted. They called the RSPCA and officer Polly Underwood came out to investigate.
Polly quickly realized that Maxine really needed to see a vet, but first she did a routine scan for a microchip.
The chip showed that Maxine was owned by Jane Hayes, from Deeble Road in Kettering – just under two miles away.
Polly contacted Mrs Hayes and was amazed to find out that the cat had been missing since December 2014.
Mrs Hayes said: “I couldn’t believe it when I got the phone call about Maxine. I had given up hope of seeing her again and thought the worst so I was over the moon to find out she was still alive.
“We had moved house about a month before and Maxine went missing a couple of times, only to turn up at our old house. Then she became poorly and the vet advised she stay in for a month.
“As soon as we let her out after that she disappeared. I tried everything to locate her, including social media and Cats Protection, but nothing worked.
“As soon as Polly rang, I took the day off work straight away so I could go and pick Maxine up. I would advise anyone to microchip their pets – without the chip I doubt I would ever have seen Maxine again.”
Polly said:”It’s so nice when we’re able to reunite animals with their owners, especially when they’ve been missing for so long.
“Maxine was a bit disheveled from living rough and the vet needed to trim the mats from her coat, but other than that she will be fine and I’m sure extremely happy to be home.
“This shows just how vital it is for people to get their animals microchipped. It really is the best way to improve the chances of being reunited with them should they become lost or even stolen.”
Maxine is now safely back at home and, after some wary hissing, reformed her bond with her brother Ashley.