Hume finds Charlie the Wonder Cat

A Hume mother has been reunited with her cat after almost three years, thanks to a simple microchip.

Suzanne thought her male ginger cat, Charlie, had died, but was last month shocked when Hume City Council officers found Charlie at a property in Broadmeadows.

Hume Mayor, Councillor Adem Atmaca, said Council officers located Charlie just two streets away from where he went missing.

“This is a remarkable story and one that has been made possible because the cat was microchipped,” Cr Atmaca said.

“Our officers were called to a home in Graham Street, Broadmeadows, after someone reported that two cats had been hanging around.

“The officers retrieved both cats and took them to Hume’s pound, but the animal which turned out to be Charlie was not registered.

“Council then transported the cat to the Lost Dog’s Home where its microchip was further analysed, and the details of Suzanne were uncovered.

“We contacted Suzanne, who had since moved to Craigieburn, and she was ecstatic that Charlie had been found.”

Suzanne has revealed how she suspected her cat had disappeared because it was jealous of the attention that she gave her daughter, who was then six months old.

“Charlie used to be with us every day, and would always pop in and say hello,” Suzanne said.

“When I heard that my cat had been found, I nearly passed out as Charlie was a little kitten when he disappeared.

“The cat has been well-looked after by someone, he’s only been to the vet recently, and is nice and calm around me.

“Charlie sleeps and eats very well, and is really good with my children.”

Hume City Council regularly reunites lost animals with their owners, and encourages everyone to ensure that they have their dogs and cats microchipped.

Cr Atmaca said there were a number of things that pet owners could do to ensure a dog or cat does not disappear.

“Every dog and every cat must be registered and microchipped by the time they reach three months of age, so that they can be returned if they leave,” he said.

“Cats should always be confined at night because about 80 per cent of accidents that involve cats occur once the sun has gone down.

“Cats which roam are more likely to be hit by a car, injured in fights or infected with a terrible disease.

“While cats need periods on their own, they also love to play with their owners, so take some time each day to pat and show affection to your cat.

“And always remember to ensure your cat has access to a dry place to sleep, as well as a litter tray and fresh water.”

Further information on how to register, microchip and care for your pet is here.

Posted on 12:00 AM, 17 August 2015

Updated : 2:21 PM, 21 August 2015

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