Lucky Cindy finds her way home

Late one Friday evening, a little Australian Terrier was found shaken and scared on the Tullamarine Freeway. A kind passer by bought her into the Essendon Veterinary Clinic to be checked over and looked after. It appeared that she had been hit by a car as she had a wound above her eye and was weak, sore and in shock.

Her injuries were promptly treated and then the challenge was to find her owner.

Unfortunately, she did not have a microchip but she did however have her council registration tags on, which also gave us her name - Cindy. The phone number given to us by the council rang out when tried at all hours of the day over a period of 3 days. Cindy was obviously a much loved pet and we knew we had to do more.

One of our nurses, Ann, made a call to the local police station who proved to be extremely helpful and managed to track down Cindy's owner who had only recently moved house. Her owner was very relieved to know that Cindy was safe and well and she was picked up later that day.

Cindy highlighted to us all the importance of identification in the way of collar tags and microchipping. Also the need to update all records as soon as we move house, as this is often a time when our pets will stray.

Microchips are injected easily under the skin and have a unique number which allows your pet to be identified and returned to you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. A quick phone call is all it takes to update any details.

Unlike collars and tags, they cannot be lost or removed and most local councils offer discounted rates for registration if your pet is microchipped.