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Missing cat reunited with owner after 7 years

The Boston Globe logo The Boston Globe 8/8/2018 By Andres Picon

Rebecca Collins West was reunited with her cat, Tigger, seven years after he went missing. © MSPCA Cape Cod Rebecca Collins West was reunited with her cat, Tigger, seven years after he went missing. After seven years away from home, Tigger the cat has finally found his way back, much to the delight of his owner.

MSPCA Cape Cod workers scanned Tigger for a microchip when he was dropped off at the shelter on July 31 and quickly called the phone number associated with the chip, Rob Halpin, an MSPCA Cape Cod spokesman, said.

“The owner was over the moon. She never imagined that she’d get her cat back,” Halpin said.

“She picked him up within hours of us calling her, and there wasn’t a dry eye in the house,” MSPCA Cape Cod said in a Facebook post.

Tigger was dropped off at MSPCA Cape Cod by a Mashpee animal control officer. Tigger was one of several animals that were rescued from a home in Mashpee after the owner was moved to a treatment center, Halpin said.

Not much is known about what Tigger was doing for seven years, or for how long he had been at the house in Mashpee, but the fact that he and his owner, Rebecca Collins West, of Dennis, were reunited after so long underscores the effectiveness of microchips for pets, Halpin said.

A microchip containing the owner’s contact information can be injected into the scruff of a dog or cat so that they can be returned to their owner if they are found after being separated. The chip is about the size of a grain of rice, and can be scanned at any veterinarian’s office or animal shelter, Halpin said.

“It’s always pretty exciting when an animal gets reunited with their owner,” Halpin said. “It’s not very often when animal shelter folks get to feel like true heroes, even though they are.”

Tigger was a little skinnier than he was when he left his home through an open door seven years ago, but otherwise he was in great shape, Halpin said.

“There was a lot of celebration at the MSCPA” when Tigger was returned to West, Halpin said. “There’s very few things more rewarding than to be able to place an animal into a home they already know.”

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