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  1. I agree that the original owner was foolish, but people in extreme situations often don’t think straight. I’d imagine having your house burned down is quite a bit of a shock. When faced with such a stressful situation, people make stupid choices. It’s not the choice I’d have made, but I can see her difficulties. She needed to find a place to stay that takes cats quickly. We don’t know in what condition the old place was, maybe it still have walls, maybe a room or two were intact, she may have thought that it was preferable to a cage in a boarding place. Also, boarding is expensive, it might be OK for a week or two, but in her case it could’ve been longer. It takes time to arrange stuff with insurance, and then they’d pay for rebuilding. In the meantime, she needs to continue paying the expenses (e.g. mortgage) on her home in addition to the cost of the lodging. Most people would find it difficult to pay for two places at once. I’d personally just rented a hotel room that takes pets while looking for another place to rent or buy – but this isn’t an option for most people.

    I have to say that I were to get a cat from a shelter and find out within a few weeks that the cat belongs to someone else, I’d return the cat. Yes, it’ll be difficult, but I believe this is the right thing to do. In fact, in this case and in place of the new owner I might’ve agreed to keep it until the original owner finds a place to stay assuming she covers the expenses. Yes, we bond with our pets right away, I loved my kittens the moment I brought them home, but a few weeks bond is not the same as a few years bond, and doing a good thing for another person (who just lost her home) is rewarding in itself.

  2. This article is very important for people to understand. I agree that the original owner was very foolish to leave her cat behind in the burnt out ruins of the home. What was she thinking? The shelter is responsible for mis-inputting the chip number. I’m not familiar with UK laws; however, in the USA, the original owner very well could take the case to court and may very well win due to the shelter’s negligence. That being said, the case could very well be decided the other way due to the negligence of the original owner just leaving the cat in the burnt ruins. It could be decided by the court that in the best interest of the cat, the new home is better suited.

    We have a universal scanner in our shelter as well as the original one that resembles a TV remote. Even with the universal scanner, some of the very old chips still don’t register. We constantly check the batteries to ensure a strong signal.

    The other problem not brought up in this article is that sometimes a batch of bad chips gets shipped out. We found that out last month when we chipped a number of cats – one cat 4 times – and the chips never registered on the scanner. When we discovered the entire batch was defective (we scanned chips not inserted yet), the vet had to surgically remove all of the defective chips (no easy feat) to be replaced with new ones.

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