Thanks to a “Dear Santa” letter and a microchip, a little girl from Canfield, Ohio has been reunited with her missing cat in time for the holidays.
Monique Marks and her husband adopted Simba and Shiva in August when the kittens were eight weeks old. Shiva’s disappearance in early November left their daughter Ava, 7, heartbroken.
Despite searching the rural area, Shiva wasn’t found and the family gave up their search about a week or so. That’s when Ava decided to contact the one person she thought could help: Santa.
In an interview with Fox8 News Monique tells of the letter
“She wrote a letter to Santa asking to find her cat, because that’s literally the only thing she wanted for Christmas. (Angels for Animals) called, and said they found her. They called Saturday night and let us know she was there. Actually, my husband answered the phone over speaker phone in the car; our daughter’s face lit up.”
Little Ana’s letter read “Dear Santa, Can you find my cat Shiva please. I really miss her. She is black and she is a kitty. From Ava Marks.”
Two weeks later the call came in from Angels for Animals after Shiva was found within a three-mile radius of her home and turned over to Angels for Animals where the chip was scanned. The Marks family have all of their pets micro-chipped.
Angels for Animals posted Sunday on their Facebook page
“Another kitty home for the holidays! After writing this heart-breaking letter to Santa, this little girl was able to be reunited with her beloved Shiva after someone dropped Shiva off at Angels yesterday and we scanned her chip. Microchipping is the best and cheapest insurance you can buy for your pet. Any animal adopted from us comes with one, and it’s only $25 in our Wellness Clinic for those not adopted from us. Happy endings like these are priceless. Please make an appointment to get one if your pet doesn’t already have a chip!”
Ava knows Santa didn’t actually bring Shiva to Angels for Animals but she believes he played a role fulfilling her one Christmas wish.
There are so many happy ending stories for pets who had a microchip. That alone is a good reason to microchip. Pets can escape accidentally, become lost during a natural disaster or fire or even a burglary. Why take chances?
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