Pet owners are being urged to make sure their pet's microchip details are up to date.
The Blue Cross has made this warning at the start of National Micochipping Month, which takes place throughout June.
Every year, the charity takes in hundreds of much-loved pets that cannot be returned to their homes because they do not have a microchip or the details are not correct.
Kitten Zeb was found in someone's garden and was brought in. She had nbot been microchipped so her owner could not be traced.
Kelly Hennequin, animal welfare assistant at the charity’s Torbay rehoming centre, said: "She clearly had a home as she was so friendly and loving. Someone had loved this cat very much."
Luckily, she was reunited with her owner just in the nick of time before she was rehomed.
"We arranged for little Zeb to come back to the centre to be microchipped so, if she ever strays again, she can find her way home," Ms Hennequin added.
If your pet has not been microchipped, there are free microchipping events taking place throughout the month. Details of these can be found on the Blue Cross website.