This week, the Animal Rescue League of Boston’s (ARL) Law Enforcement Department had the pleasure of assisting Winchendon, MA, Animal Control in a heart-warming reunion between a curious 22-year-old cat, and her family.
This reunion may not have been possible if the family had not filed a missing pet report.
Earlier in the week, the cat, named Tips, was found along a main road in the town that borders New Hampshire, and taken into the care of Winchendon Animal Control Officer Suzie Kowaleski, who then contacted ARL for assistance.
ARL brought Tips to its Boston Animal Care and Adoption Center, where the cat received a thorough veterinary exam, blood work, as well as some medication and ointments.
Other than typical signs of advanced age, Tips had no injuries, was in good spirits, friendly, and was clearly being missed by someone.
Tips wasn’t microchipped, however, her family had fortunately filed a lost report, making this reunion possible.
Cats, no matter their age, are naturally curious and it seemed that Tips simply slipped out the door and was on her own for several days.
Tips’ family had actually seen her born and had cared for her ever since and was understandably worried that the 22-year-old cat was out in the world on her own.
Her family was absolutely thrilled to have her home, and ARL is proud to have played a small role in caring for the animal and reuniting Tips with her family.
ARL thanks Winchendon ACO Suzie Kowaleski and everyone involved for making this happy ending possible!
If A Pet Goes Missing
The American Humane Association estimates that 1 out of every 3 pets will go missing at some point in their lifetime.
A shocking statistic for sure, but remember, if your animal has gone missing, there are many resources available, including ARL, to help locate your beloved pet.
Filing a lost report with your local animal control, ARL, and other animal welfare organizations is a critical first step.
For other tips on how to handle a missing pet situation, click here.