The RSPCA has managed to reunite an owner with her beloved cat, six weeks and six days after she went missing.


An inspector picked Lola up on Sunday 5 October after a call from a concerned member of the public in Stalybridge, Tameside. Lola had gotten into a block of flats and was hanging around the corridors.


Luckily, she was microchipped so a quick scan led us straight to Christine Pleszak and her family (pictured bottom right of picture with her mother, Claire Pleszak, and brother, Lawrence Pleszak), just a mile and a half away.Pleszak family and Lola the cat © RSPCA


RSPCA inspector Natalie Avery said: “This is the perfect example of why microchipping your pet is so important.


“Lola’s owner did everything she could think of to find her, putting posters up and appealing on Facebook.


“After more than six weeks naturally she feared the worst had happened and that Lola was never coming home, but thanks to her microchip, and us picking her up of course, she’s now back where she belongs.


“Reuniting them was lovely, everyone was over the moon.”


Microchipping your pet gives you the best chance of your pet being identified and returned to you if they are lost or stolen. Many pets can be microchipped, including dogs, cats, rabbits and horses.


A tiny microchip is inserted under the animal’s skin by your vet or another approved chipper, or in the neck for horses. This gives the pet their own unique code. The microchip can be scanned and matched to the owner’s contact details, which are kept on a database.


“The crucial thing is keeping your contact details up to date on the database,” said inspector Avery. “If you move house, or change telephone numbers, it’s essential you update them otherwise, of course, the whole thing falls down.”


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