A Victoria cat who was lost at Lake Kennedy has been found safe and sound in Nanaimo, three and a half months after she went missing.
Hobbes the cat and his family were on a trip and stopped at Lake Kennedy. As the family got out of the car, Wendy Kotorynski, senior manager of the Nanaimo branch of the BC SPCA, said a dog approached and startled Hobbes.
“Unfortunately, they both got out of the car at the same time, and at the same time a dog ran, barking towards the truck and scared the cat away. So poor Hobbes just got out of the truck,” Kotorynski said. .
“The owner and his son, they stayed camped in their vehicle for six days looking for him and even paddled out into the lake to look for the shoreline and look for Hobbes and they didn’t see him at all. So they eventually had to go back down to Victoria and hope that Hobbes could be found.
Having not received updates for several months, Kotorynski says the owner told him he had begun to give up hope of finding Hobbes.
“The owner had just gathered all his stuff months later to give away thinking they weren’t going to find him,” Kotorynski said. “But in the meantime, Hobbes had gone to a residence in Nanaimo and entered the house. And the person who lived there brought them to us in Nanaimo.
She says they scanned Hobbes for a microchip, and luckily he had one and the information was up to date.
“We were able to contact the owners immediately thanks to the microchip,” Kotorynski said. “So they came for him the next morning, and we had them for less than 24 hours. So it’s a happy, happy story of how microchips, once again, that microchips can reunite pets with their families.
Kotorynski says she doesn’t know how Hobbes made the 150-kilometre trip from the Kennedy Lake boat launch to Nanaimo. She says it’s possible someone picked it up, or it hid in a car, but there’s no way to know for sure.
She says Hobbes’ story is a good reminder for pet owners to have their pets microchipped and to be sure to update their contact information if you move.
“It’s the best way to be able to find your pet, so once you’ve registered your pet with the British Columbia Pet Registry, it doesn’t matter if you’re moving or even traveling with it. your pets, that animal can even be scanned internationally in North America,” Kotorynski said. “If you provide your address and update it every time you move, that’s absolutely essential for those reunifications. “
When Hobbes was found, Kotorynski says he was healthy, he had just lost weight.
“He’s in good condition, he hasn’t been injured or anything like that,” Kotorynski said. “He just needs to gain a little weight and be spoiled a little, spoiled and loved and well fed.”
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