After going missing as a kitten eight years ago, nine-year-old stray cat Charlie has finally been reunited with his owner.
A microchip is what helped original owner Karen Rankin and Charlie be reunited after he was brought into the Hawkesbury Companion Animal Shelter.
“When I took him home, he knew where to head to for the water, so I suspect he has some memory from his first home. I think it is safe to say he is settling in well,” Karen said.
In NSW microchipping for both cats and dogs is mandatory.
Microchipping gives each pet a permanent identification number and records details about the owner so when they are scanned their home is easily located.
“Microchipping is a great way to safeguard your pets and ensure that should they become lost, they have a greater chance of being reunited,” Mayor Kim Ford said.
■ For more information about microchipping, contact the shelter on 4560 4644.