The need for owners to get their pets microchipped has been highlighted by the case of Miko, a 17-year-old Red Burmese cat who was reunited with his owner ten years after going missing.
Miko had disappeared from his home in Brentwood, Essex, in 2002, and owner Sue White had long-since given up hope of ever finding her pet.
However, the cat turned up in Blackmore earlier this week, where vets were able to trace him back to Ms White thanks to his microchip.
Animal rescue centres are keen to encourage all owners to get their pets chipped, especially as many of them are currently full to capacity with lost and abandoned animals, and aren't able to take in any more pets who go missing from their homes.
The Paws and Claws Cattery in Peterborough is one of the many re-homing centres currently appealing for owners to come forward to adopt cats, after experiencing a surge in the number of animals in its care since Christmas.