Some cats seem to be luckier than others. Such is the case with our grey tabby, Bentley.
He was rescued in the fall of 2016 and placed with a local shelter. They cleaned him up and he stayed with them for 3 months before we transferred him to our adoption center. Bentley had A LOT of energy when he arrived – probably due to the long cage times at the shelter.
In December, we were thrilled to announce that Bentley was adopted!
But in February, we had a mystery on our hands … Bentley was turned into a local pet store after a nearby resident was feeding him outside for about a month. Lucky for Bentley his microchip was still registered to us! The resident was not our adopter … and we had no knowledge that Bentley was no longer with the adopter. Our first thought was that Bentley got outside accidentally and the adopter didn’t think to call us for help. When we finally made contact on the phone, we were told that “Bentley was returned” in January.
WHAT? Um, no … definitely not …
After many questions and vague answers, we believe that the adopter got scared when Bentley was rough-playing with the resident old cat. The adopter then made their current partner return Bentley to us … except that Bentley never made it to us. He was either released outside near our adoption center or given to a friend/acquaintance. Whatever happened, we were never notified … which is especially frustrating because we would have made arrangements to put Bentley in a foster home immediately. Because Bentley was outside for so long without a consistent source of food and water, he was extremely dehydrated and malnourished when we got him back. His blood panel results were a mess so he was put on antibiotics and he needed to be fed 4 to 6 times a day. We had to cross our fingers that no permanent damage was done to his internal organs from lack of food and water. A dedicated foster saw to Bentley’s needs and after 2 weeks, he was cleared by our veterinarian.
Whew – a lucky boy, indeed.
So, what’s the point of this blog? Please work WITH the group that you adopt from – so many groups will go the extra mile when adopters are having issues with getting cats to adjust. And … PLEASE MICROCHIP YOUR CATS! Even if they never, ever go outside … that is actually MORE of a reason to have them microchipped since they are less likely to saunter up to random humans and ask to be rescued. I know that if any of my cats got outside, they would turn into unfriendly beasts if trapped by a stranger or put in a cage a municipal shelter. Your veterinarian and some clinics can quickly, painlessly, and inexpensively insert a microchip into your animal.
Microchipping basics: The microchip is a glass bead about the size of a grain of rice. It is programmed with a unique number which will be registered with the owner’s address and contact information in a database. Inserting a microchip is very similar to giving an injection. The chip is placed into a large needle with a special needle and is inserted deeply under the skin between the shoulder blades of the cat. Easy-peasy!
We are very happy to announce that Bentley has been placed with a past adopter. We know he will be cared for and pampered in his new home.