Sheriff's Office Facilitates Purrfect Cat Reunion

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Source: Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office

We are not sure if he was drawn to the black and white patrol car or whether he saw our recruitment advertisement, but whatever the case, we are glad for the time we got with Jake the Cruiser cat. He started coming by headquarters recently and everyone enjoyed seeing him and petting him.

Truth be told, many of us wanted to keep him but we figured this friendly feline probably belonged to a family that may be missing him. We were right. We took him to the Animal Shelter Assistance Program (ASAP) and sure enough, he had a microchip and belonged to a family who had recently moved to town and was devastated that he had wandered off. They were so happy to find out that Jake their 14-year-old cat was safe and sound. They picked him up from ASAP and dropped off cookies to Sheriff’s headquarters to say thank you.

This reunion story is a great reminder of the importance of microchipping your pet if you can and also of bringing stray cats to a shelter to make sure they are not lost. If you want to help the feline population in Santa Barbara County you can go to ASAP’s annual Kitten Shower and Yard Sale this Saturday from 10 am to 3 pm at the Santa Barbara County Animal Shelter located at 5473 Overpass Road. Baby blankets, turkey or chicken baby food, baby wipes and toilet paper needed as donations. For more info check out the wishlist on their website at www.asapcats.org. 

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a-1558328759 Apr 25, 2019 12:41 PM
Sheriff's Office Facilitates Purrfect Cat Reunion

Don't know how true this is, but I read years and years ago that the first thing you do with your cat when you've moved to a new location is to rub butter on the cat's paws. When the cat licks off the butter, it associates the surrounding scent with its new home.

Schifter Apr 25, 2019 12:32 PM
Sheriff's Office Facilitates Purrfect Cat Reunion

Cats need time to adjust to their new territory when they move--it's best to keep them indoors for at least a week before letting them outside, so that their new home is marked by their scent enough to provide them proper navigation when you eventually let them out to go prowling around. A brief kitty tale: I lived near Rocky Nook Park, and my housemate had a cat named Sofia. My housemate moved to a new place over by Cottage Hospital and Oak Park. One day about two weeks after they had moved out, I looked outside in the front yard and saw Sofia rolling around in the grass. Somehow she had found her way back to her old house, using only her senses...kinda impressive. Of course, her owner was thrilled that she was alive and well. Sofia actually came back AGAIN a second time about a week later! Hope you enjoyed my story.

Soccer-Fan Apr 25, 2019 12:13 PM
Sheriff's Office Facilitates Purrfect Cat Reunion

Many thanks to the Sheriff's office who clearly have time for empathy and kindness during their long and often challenging days. Proud of you all and glad you are here.

a-1558328759 Apr 24, 2019 04:20 PM
Sheriff's Office Facilitates Purrfect Cat Reunion

People move around so much nowadays, one of the most important things you can do is to make sure your pet is microchipped AND also make sure you update your info for that chip whenever you change locales. ==========I am thrilled to hear that this family and cat were reunited. Good job, Sheriffs. Please note that one doesn't need to take an animal to the shelter to see if that animal is microchipped. Any veterinarian has the tools to read a microchip.

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