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Vets urge owners to micro-chip pets after cat is found up tree in Darlington
1:21pm Thursday 22nd August 2013 in News
A YOUNG cat found up a tree should serve as a warning to pet owners everywhere to get their animals micro-chipped, veterinary staff said today.
A member of the public recently rescued the young tomcat from a tree in Darlington and left him at the town’s Value Pet Care veterinary surgery.
Staff at the surgery – who have named the brown tabby Jerry – are appealing for his owner to come forward, whilst urging others to micro-chip their pets.
Louise Craggs, head of customer care, said: “He is a lovely young cat and very affectionate. We have no idea where he came from. A lady left him in reception and left after saying she had found him in a tree.
“There was a soft toy that the cat seemed familiar with and a supply of food inside its carrier. He is not micro-chipped and was not wearing a collar.
“We do not normally take stray animals in as we do not have the facilities. We have had lots of people wanting to take him home but we want to give the owner time to come forward.
“We want to urge all owners to get their pets micro-chipped and make sure all the information is kept up to date and accurate.
“We’d also like to remind them that micro-chipping will soon become compulsory.”
Micro-chipping is considered the best way to ensure lost pets are reunited with their owners. The procedure involves inserting a tiny micro-chip under the animal’s skin, giving the pet their own unique code, which links to a database storing the owner’s contact details.
Anyone who believes they may be the owner of Jerry is asked to contact the veterinary surgery by calling 01325-469165.
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