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Losing Kuhio - Microchip Lesson

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Thank you huggles for asking about how we lost Kuhio. She was much loved and greatly missed. The following is an excerpt from the story that we submitted to our local newspaper.

A Needless Death

A tragic series of events resulted in our family's beloved 17-year old cat "Kuhio" being put to death by Animal Control on August 6th 2002. We want to make sure that this doesn't happen to another family.

We found that Kuhio was missing on Sunday, August 4th and after canvassing the neighborhood, went to Animal Control on Monday, August 5th. My husband reported the cat missing and was told to look in a certain room. He looked but did not find her. He went back to the front desk and told them that she wasn't there and asked what he should do. He was told to fill out a Lost Pet Report - which he did and left. He also put up a poster in our yard offering a reward for information. On Tuesday, August 6th, neighbors notified us that they had called Animal Control on Sunday, August 4th about a cat matching Kuhio's description. This was confusing to us because Animal Control could not seem to find any record of this when my husband checked on August 5th. Since Animal Control was closed for the night, I left a message giving the name of the neighbors and the date that the cat was picked up.

My husband and I went to Animal Control as soon as they opened on Wednesday and were shocked and horrified to learn that Kuhio had been put to death on Tuesday morning. We asked how it was possible when they could find no record of her on Monday and my husband had looked at all the cats they had.

We were told that there is ANOTHER room (referred to as the Clinic) where new arrivals are kept while they are being checked for disease and illness. That's where Kuhio had been held. She was never going to be placed in the room where my husband was told to look because she was old and ill and would never be offered for adoption. When we explained that we weren't old about looking in the Clinic, we were told that it was our responsibility to ask questions about their procedures. We offered several suggestions about how they could improve their process. We suggested posting a sign that informs the pet owner of all the places to search - ask about all the rooms where your pet may be held. Ask if your pet could still be in a transport vehicle. We suggested that the Lost Pet form include a header or footer with a list of all the possible areas/rooms where your pet may be. We suggested a database that matches up the Found Pet form with the Lost Pet form. In our case, both of the forms stated that the cat was from Brookridge Drive. A simple search in the database or a review of the forms would have saved our pet.

We removed Kuhio's collar because the tags had worn a bald patch around her neck. We take full responsibility for this action. We've since found a website (www.k9collars.com) that offers to embroider the name of your pet and your phone number on the collar. We're ordering them for friends and family with pets with hopes that no other family has to go thru something like this. Also, www.petrescue.com/library/find-pet.htm has a list of places to look and questions to ask. One of their tips is to check all areas of the shelter, including the infirmary... If we had known this in advance instead of relying on Animal Control to direct us, Kuhio would be home with her loving family today. We also were educated on microchipping. We didn't even know that this technology existed. All our cats are chipped now.

Several weeks after this happened, my husband went to Animal Control and adopted another cat. While he was there, he told Kuhio's story to various people there -- NONE of them had been told to check the Clinic for their lost pet. It appears they've not taken any of our suggestions.

Lisa & Bob
Anchorage, Alaska

Here's a photo of Kuhio. She was such a little diva. Whenever the camera appeared, she would "strike a pose". We were too late to save Kuhio. All we can do is continue to tell her story in hopes that if you are ever searching for a lost pet, you will remember her and tear the shelter apart. Since the story appeared in the newspaper, we have heard many, many stories like this from all over the world.

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That's so sad. I am glad you are getting this informatiion out to other pet owners!
post #3 of 9
How very tragic for your family. I am so sorry. God bless you and help your heart to heal. Rest in peace sweet Kuhio. You are loved and missed so much.
post #4 of 9
Condolences on your loss of Kuhio! That is such a tragic, tragic story!!
I once lost a Border Collie who ran off with the neighbor dog, and the dogs were picked up by a good Samaritan and taken to the shelter. The day my dog ran off, I put ads in the paper & radio, and called the shelter with his ID number & description and told that there were no dogs matching his description Two weeks, my dog's pic was in the paper as "Pet of the Week" at the shelter; on the morning the paper came out, my friend drove to the shelter to pick him up. He'd been adopted out by the person who had come with the paper's photographer, so by the time the paper was printed, it was too late. And the shelter couldn't give me any info. on the adopter. When I asked them why they adopted the dog without the usual holding period ( I would check every other day to see if they'd picked him up), they said that he didn't have his collar on, so they assumed that since my dog did wear a collar, it wasn't him. That was before microchipping was invented.
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What a tragedy! And what a poorly run Animal Control! Condolences on her loss. She is at peace now.

Thank you for sharing this information with others. Hopefully it will save a life.
post #6 of 9
Oh my goodness my heart feels like it's been ripped out for you! This is such a wake up call for all of us and i hope i never have to read something like this again

What a gorgeous little girl Kuhio is May she rest in peace and play happily over the bridge until she sees you all again
post #7 of 9
I'm so your family is having to go through this. Kuhio was a beautiful cat and obviously a treasured member of your family. Thank you for what you're doing to educate other pet owners. You are in my thoughts and prayers. RIP Kuhio.
post #8 of 9
Yes...thank you for sharing this tragic story.
Hopefully, it will save other kitties lives.
RIP sweet Kuhio.
Originally Posted by eilcon
Thank you for what you're doing to educate other pet owners.
post #9 of 9
I am sorry to hear of your loss.
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