Slate is back with his family again after nearly five years, thanks to his microchip and the people who helped him.
Collingwood, Ontario resident Karen Young was surprised one day about a month ago when she received a phone call from Bellbrae Animal Hospital, also in Collingwood, telling her the cat she had not seen in four and a half years had been found.
Slate joined Karen’s household after his previous owner, a friend, passed away. Karen’s promise to her friend included an agreement that Slate would be allowed outside, as an indoor-outdoor cat. He went missing three months later when a friend looking in on him let him outside on a summer day when Karen was away from home.
Karen returned three days later and expected to find Slate hiding under the deck, but he was gone. She and her husband searched for six months, putting up posters and calling local veterinary clinics and shelters, but there was no trace of the missing cat.
Karen knew that Slate was microchipped when he came to live with her, and had the chip registration updated with her contact information. She expected the chip to help find and return him, and it did, but not for several long years. Karen got the call from Bellbrae Animal Hospital about a months ago, telling her Slate was at the vet after being brought in as a rescued stray and scanned for a microchip.
Slate had been living behind some soft drink machines at the Metro grocery store in Collingwood, where employees were feeding him.
A woman named Nikki Menzies decided to rescue the cat in hopes to taking him to the Georgian Triangle Humane Society. After she’d captured the cat, Nikki was told the Humane Society was full and couldn’t take him, but a volunteer took him to Bellbrae Animal Hospital for a medical check and chip scan.
“Slate was already microchipped when I got him, and I’d never had any of my other animals microchipped before, so this is huge,” Karen said in a story in the Enterprise-Bulletin that told of her gratitude to the Georgian Triangle Humane Society for their help and support. “Now I’m [a] volunteer at the Humane Society because of Slate.”
Slate is reported to be doing well and re-adjusting to life back at home.
You can read the full story in The Enterprise-Bulletin here.