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#1 DWF


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Posted 22 April 2004 - 10:32 PM



When workers at San Francisco's Department of Animal Care and Control located the owner of a newly arrived stray cat three weeks ago, they couldn't believe what they found: the cat belonged to a woman in Bradenton, Fla. 3,000 miles away.

Florida resident Pamela Edwards had adopted the black, short-haired cat in the summer of 1997, naming it Cheyenne. Just a few months later, Cheyenne disappeared. Edwards hung flyers and ran ads in the local paper to try to locate the cat, but had no luck.

Earlier this month, she received a call from her local shelter: Cheyenne had been found, in San Francisco.

"I figured, there's no way that's my Cheyenne," Edwards said. "I told them, 'I had a cat named Cheyenne, but I've never lived in San Francisco.'"

Cheyenne was dropped off at Animal Care and Control on April 1 after someone found her wandering down a San Francisco street. After scanning her for a microchip and finding she had been lost in Florida seven years ago, they wondered if it was a joke.

Authorities at Animal Care and Control believe that a former neighbor of Edwards' probably found the cat, decided to keep her and then moved to San Francisco.

No one has contacted Animal Care and Control claiming to be Cheyenne's owner. And because the microchip identifies Edwards as the owner, she retains legal rights to the cat, Campbell said.

The animal shelter in Florida where Edwards adopted Cheyenne was among the first in that state to microchip its animals, said shelter director Keith Pratt.

Animal Care and Control is trying to find a way to return Cheyenne, who is now 10 years old, to Edwards. The agency can't afford to ship her to Florida, so workers there have been searching for a traveler to carry her on a plane trip.

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Posted 22 April 2004 - 10:40 PM

um... microchip???? :unsure:


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Posted 22 April 2004 - 11:28 PM

What *is* it with wacky animal stories and Hillsborough County, FL?!

If you all will recall, the teacher who stirred controversy by killing baby rabbits in front of her class taught at a high school in Plant City, FL--about 20 or 30 minutes away from Bradenton.



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Posted 23 April 2004 - 04:51 AM

Handmaiden07, on Apr 22 2004, 07:38 PM, said:

um... microchip???? :unsure:

Yup. More and more people are opting for microchips these days, because a lot of cats won't tolerate collars.

Here's some details from an article at About.com:


How Microchips Work

Microchips are tiny transponders, about the size of a grain of rice. They consist of a miniaturized coil and a memory circuit encased in biocompatible glass, and are small enough to fit in a hypodermic syringe. Your veterinarian or other technician implants the microchip just under the skin between the shoulder blades, and the whole procedure takes only a minute or so. The chip's memory circuit contains a unique number registered to your cat, which can be read by special scanners found in many veterinary offices and shelters.

(Link to Article: http://cats.about.co...ntify_cat_3.htm
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Posted 23 April 2004 - 06:36 AM

I always thought they used ear tattooes as an alternative to collars. Or is that just for dogs?

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Posted 23 April 2004 - 06:58 AM

They were using ear tattooing, but microchipping is easier and more effective, because all the information is in the chip and comes up immediately when the animal is scanned.  Once chip technology became widespread, tattoooing pretty much stopped.

This story reminds me of the one last week about a cat that was the mascot of a Chinese bird cage factory who wandered into a shipping container (no doubt hoping the cages had inhabitants  ;) ) and leaped out in Los Angeles a month later, hungry and thirsty but alive.  Its going to be adopted out of the CA shelter once it fattens up and they are sure it is otherwise healthy.  

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Posted 23 April 2004 - 07:30 AM

Thanks for the link, Morrighan! :cool:  I'm glad it's some variety of glass and not yet another plastic, since we have three cats and may be looking into microchipping them some day.

I wonder if it's still safe to implant between the shoulder blades when the cat has needed to have surgery there (for a calcium buildup or something along those lines from vet shots, I think)?

Wow at cat.  At first I thought the kitty had actually moved itself the whole way, which is not entirely out of the question from what I've heard. :blink:
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Posted 23 April 2004 - 08:29 AM

wow, imagine having a pet go missing for that long, and then finding her :wow:

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Posted 23 April 2004 - 10:50 AM

Microchipping is becoming very wide spread, and I am whole heartedly for it. Tattoos can blurr over time, the chip is forever.  The Second Wind Adoption - an Equine Rescue group that is one of the best out there, is now - due to an ongoing fraud case -  microchipping all their horses.

And GO! Cheyenne.  I hope they find some one to get her home.
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Posted 23 April 2004 - 11:31 AM

It's a great idea. The Cat's Protection society chip all their re-homed cats. But don't forget to update your address on the register when you move house.
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