Don’t take a gamble, get your cat the winning chip

450 stray cats have already come through the doors of Battersea Dogs & Cats Home this year leading the charity to issue a stark warning to pet owners: Don’t take a gamble; protect your pets with a microchip.  

In 2015, only 7% of Battersea’s stray cats were able to be reunited with their owners through their microchip details. More than 50% of stray cats that arrive at Battersea have no microchip at all, whilst many that are chipped have inaccurate details that make their microchip useless.

So many more stray cats bought into Battersea could be reunited with their owners if they were accurately chipped. Microchipping offers identification in a safe and permanent way and is an important part of responsible pet ownership. 

Momo, a beautiful Bengal cat, was dealt a lucky hand after being missing for a heart-breaking eight months. He was finally found wandering around University College London car park before being handed into Battersea’s London centre where he was found to be microchipped. Owners Rebecca and Luigi Tommaseo were absolutely ecstatic to receive that all-important phonecall and couldn’t have been more pleased that a chip had bought their beautiful boy back to them.

Battersea’s Head of Catteries, Lindsey Quinlan, says: “It is not unusual for cats to go missing or get lost as they are generally independent pets that love roaming outside. A few years ago, unless you had an identification collar on your cat, your chances of finding your pet if they went missing were slim to none. With modern technology, however, this has all changed and microchipping is a wonderful way to tip the odds in favour of finding your feline counterpart if they roam too far away from home. 

“Losing your cat is distressing and most owners assume that their pet will never go missing yet we take in an average of three stray cats every day with only 7% of these being claimed by their owners. 

“The microchipping procedure is short, simple, and essential to ensure the ongoing welfare of a family pet. These chips are extremely small but the return on their value is immeasurable when seeing the joy felt by an owner when their cat is found. Momo is a perfect example of the magic of microchipping.” 

If you have lost or found a cat or dog, please file a report or call our Lost Dogs & Cats Line as soon as possible on 0207 627 9245 - lines are open between 8am and 6pm seven days a week.

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Notes to editors  
 

  • June was National Microchipping Month and Battersea are recommending the benefits of microchipping your pet.
  • All Battersea dogs and cats are microchipped before they go to new homes. A microchip has a unique code which, when scanned with a special reader, can be matched to the owner's details on a central database. It is inserted by a vet in a simple, quick and painless procedure. More information on microchipping your pets is available on battersea.org.uk. 
  • In 2015 27% of dogs and 30% of cats arrived at Battersea as strays.
  • If you have lost or found a dog or cat, please visit Battersea’s website to file a report or call the charity’s Lost Dogs & Cats Line as soon as possible on 0207 627 9245 - lines are open between 8am and 6pm seven days a week.
  • Established in 1860, Battersea Dogs & Cats Home aims never to turn away a dog or cat in need of our help, caring for them until their owners or loving new homes can be found, no matter how long it takes. We are champions for, and supporters of, vulnerable dogs and cats, determined to create lasting changes for animals in our society.  
  • In addition to the site in South West London, the Home also has two other centres based at Old Windsor, Berkshire and Brands Hatch, Kent. 
  • Battersea Dogs & Cats Home rehomes dogs and cats all over the UK. 
  • Follow Battersea on Twitter @BDCH or facebook.com/Battersea