Escondido cat rescued from inside a storm drain has been reunited with his family

Thanks to the Escondido Public Works and the San Diego Humane Society, a California cat rescued from inside a storm drain has been reunited with his family.

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Smokey Joe rescued from storm drain (San Diego Humane Society)
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Smokey Joe was reunited with his family around 10 a.m. on Friday after he was scanned for a microchip and his family was called. The happy family said their cat had been missing for six days when he was found and rescued from inside a storm drain.

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Although the storm drain he had fallen into was 12 feet deep, Smokey Joe was described as “friendly and purring and very happy to see humans again” after his rescue.

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Smokey Joe was happy to see people (San Diego Humane Society)

Smokey Joe was very lucky, not only to be uninjured and rescued (they got him out using a net) but to have an owner who saw the importance of micro-chipping their cat to ensure he was prepared for an emergency such as this.

It’s nice to report on happy endings where an animal is micro-chipped. Whether a cat escapes the home or is lost during a natural disaster, the odds are in favor of a happy reunion thanks to this simple and inexpensive precaution. Many areas offer micro-chipping at a reduced fee through local shelters and humane societies.




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