Star had been at the Parkinsons family home ever since he was a kitten and disappeared when he was only 9 months old. Star was handed in to York Cats protection centre where staff scanned a microchip in Star only to reveal she had come originally from the Isle of Wight. The exact details of how Star ended up in York are unclear however it has been speculated that she may have been taken in by someone who then moved to York.
The story just goes to highlight the important of micro-chipping in pets. A microchip implant is placed under the skin of a dog, cat, horse (as well as other animals) and are only about the size of a large grain of rice. Dogs and cats usually have the chip inserted at the back of the neck, just below the skin where as horses are usually chipped at the left side of the neck. As well as being useful in the return of lost pets they can also assist where ownership of an animal is in dispute. When a shelter can quickly match a pet to it’s owner it saves the expense of housing, feeding and any medical care. Micro chips are not in universal use although they are highly recommended.
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