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SasparillasMom

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I need some advice.   This last Tuesday night we discovered a kitty in our
van, that had probably been there since we got home from a camping trip on Sunday, and had left the doors open to start to unpack.   I took her up to the local vet office to have her scanned for a micro chip, and she is chipped through Home Again.  I called them and they tried to call the owner and the phone # has been disconnected,  the info they have is from 2007.   They will not give me the address, I guess because of privacy policy.   They told me to take her to the local animal control.   I am afraid that if I do that and they either cannot contact the owner, or they do not respond soon enough, that she is going to end up getting put to sleep.    I can't live with the thought that I was responsible for that.  I've put up fliers, knocked on doors, posted an ad on Craiglsist,  A neighbor has seen her roaming, but has no idea who the owner is.    She looks well fed, and appears to be a people lover, in spite of being completely freaked out.   The local Humane Society  and PAWS also tell people to contact Animal Control regarding found animals.  Anyone have any ideas I may not have thought of? 
Thanks for listening. 
Cathy
Sassy and Senge's Mom 
Nancee

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Geez. Maybe a no-kill shelter will take her? I hope this resolves in a good way. Where I live, if it's a kitten, the shelter almost always find a home for them, but it's probably individual and according to age/other factors in different areas.

Mare

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Such a dilemma!  I believe you are doing all that you can for this lost kitten.  Is there any way that the Home Again place would drop a card to the listed address that they have?  It seems like they would try a bit harder to find this cat's home.  Otherwise, I would keep posting fliers and maybe place an ad in your local newspaper.  Let us know what happens!!

Mare

Loudpurring

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Hi,
Look in your phone book or on line for a VCA hospital in your area and call them. Ask them if they have the Home again lost pet book in their office and ask them to check it for you. You may have to call a couple in your area but I am sure one will have it. It is a book that is frequently updated
twinkiesmom

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Ask your vet if you can put a notice on his bulletin board stating that you are looking for a good home for her.  That has worked for me in the past.  Just a thought.  Hope someone takes this sweet baby into their heart and home.

LindaK

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Dear Cathy,
Maybe if the vets office would call Homeagain they could get the address. In the meantime if it were me I would not call Animal Control. I have recently been through the same situation. My mean neighbor left the state and left behind her 3 cats. There are animal abandonment laws so I contacted our humane agent. He said animal control would likely hold the cats for a short time and "if there is room they'll put them up for adoption. If there's no room they kill 'em". Before I could stop myself I told him that the cats would be with me and anyone who tried to take them away would have to kill me first. Please ask the vets office to contact Homeagain. I would bet they could get the address from homeagain.
God bless, Linda
Loudpurring

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Unfortunately due to privacy laws etc.they cannot give out that information. They can however contact the people themselves and if they have moved and not updated their info with home again your out of luck unless the people contacted home again. Of you want to private message me with your location and any info of the chip I work for a huge veterinary coop
Loudpurring

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Sorry accidently posted before I was done. Anyway o can call and give home again a run
I also have access to their vet web I will try that top.
Loudpurring

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So I hate my Droid phone's spell check. I hope you understood what I was trying to say
SasparillasMom

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Thank you everyone for your support and ideas.  Loudpurring, I sent you a PM with the microchip info, and my contact info.  I really appreciate your offer of help!   Linda, I know what you mean about animal control.  The county animal control out here  only keeps unlicensed animals for 3 days after they contact the owner.  If they cannot contact the owner, then I don't know what happens, and am not willing to take that chance.  I will give her a home if it comes to that.   It is just so frustrating to see a system that is supposed to help animals failing them.  I guess the moral of the story is to make sure that info on file with the microchip agency is kept up to date, and I'll bet a lot of people forget about doing that. 

SasparillasMom

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A Happy Ending!
   Someone saw one of my signs and called to say he thinks she belongs to his neighbor who has been out of town and he put the flier on their front porch.  The owner just called and is overjoyed, she thought  "Dixie" was gone forever.  I just got back from taking her home.    They are also contacting Home Again to correct the info so this doesn't happen again. 
Bobo

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Thank you SasparillasMom. Your commitment helped save not only the furbabys life but spared the owner the grief involved with losing a baby.

It doesn't get any better then that!
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