When handsome tuxie Oscar went missing three years ago from his Auburn WA home, petmom Sherrie Fox looked for her beloved cat and became well known to staff at King County Animal Services as she made repeated visits, almost daily, hoping to find her boy. The county shelter called Sherrie whenever a near-match to Oscar came in, but it was never him.
The search was sadly called off after remains of a black and white cat, seemingly the victim of a coyote, were discovered nearby, and Sherrie thought she would continue to miss her boy forever.
Thanks to a call and a microchip, things took a dramatic turn on Thursday when, 9 miles away from Oscar’s home, a Sea Tac woman found a stray hanging around and notified KCAS; then a scan showed that the stray was none other than Oscar. Animal services staff still remembered Sherrie and her search for Oscar and were thrilled to finally be able to make the call telling her that he was found. Sherrie and her husband rushed to the shelter to get their boy.
The agency posted a story with more on the reunion. “I was absolutely astonished to find Oscar,” said Officer Pam McLaren, who investigated the Sea Tac stray and did the scan on him. “We knew Sherrie well because she came into the Pet Adoption Center dozens of times looking for her cat.” Of the reunion between the couple and their cat, she continued, “Seeing the joy on their faces when they saw him again made me proud to work for Regional Animal Services.”
“When we got the call from Officer McLaren, I almost couldn’t believe it,” Sherrie Fox said. “I looked at a picture of Oscar that we’ve kept on our mantle and just cried. I can’t thank the staff of Regional Animal Services enough for bringing Oscar home.”
Animal Services operations manager Glynis Fredericksen is quoted on the agency’s website, saying “We are so happy we were able to get Oscar back to his family. On average, only two percent of lost cats are ever reunited with their owners, so we’re glad that this story has a happy ending. It’s also a great example of why we encourage owners to license and microchip their pets, and why we license and microchip every pet adopted from our center.”
This reunification comes at the perfect time for the animal agency. Ms. Frederiksen added a side note that a ‘Project Reunite: Help and Hope for Lost Pets’ program is being instituted, to increase the number of happy reunions, and volunteers are being trained to help reconnect lost pets with their families.