Missing cat reunited with her family after being lost for three months

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Angus, ON (August 31, 2016) – After three months away from home, with a little luck and a microchip, a lost cat has been reunited with her family in Lisle, ON.

The Ontario SPCA Barrie Animal Centre’s Marion Vernon Spay/Neuter Clinic received a call a couple of weeks ago about a stray female cat in the community of Lisle. A friend of the property owner where the cat was found called to see if it could be spayed and eventually rehomed. Due to health issues, the cat was not a candidate for surgery at the time.

With the Ontario SPCA Barrie Animal Centre nearing capacity, the clinic reached out to Angus Wild Cats TNR, an Angus-based trap, neuter, return organization for feral cats, to see if they could get her healthy enough for surgery.

Angus Wild Cats TNR volunteer Leanne De Jonkheere checked the cat for a microchip and found a match. Unfortunately, the phone number on file was out of date, so De Jonkheere drove out to the last address listed. The family was home and was thrilled their brown and white tabby had been found and was coming home.

On Aug. 22, “Jinny” was returned to her family in what was an emotional reunion.

“It was the happiest moment I was lucky to be a part of and witness since I started helping cats,” says De Jonkheere. “There were tears of joy and excitement to finally be reunited with their beloved Virginia, aka Jinny.”

According to Michelle Dickens, the cat’s owner, Jinny escaped in late May when Dickens and her family were away one weekend. Not usually one to try to get outside, Jinny made a run for it when the pet sitter opened the door.

“We weren’t sure if we would see Jinny again. We were all crying when she came home,” says Dickens. “I have always been a supporter of microchipping pets; Jinny wouldn’t be here otherwise. But I didn’t realize my information was out-of-date, so I’m so grateful that Leanne took the time to drive out here to see if we were missing our cat.”

Jinny is now back at home where she’s enjoying life with two other cats and her family.

“Because of her microchip, this family was reunited with their beloved cat. It’s a happy ending for Jinny and her family,” says Kim Sonneveld, Regional Manager, Humane Programs & Community Outreach. “We encourage all pet owners to have their pets microchipped and to make sure you keep your information up-to-date.”

To help ensure more lost animals like Jinny find their way back to their family, the Ontario SPCA is holding microchip clinics at Ontario SPCA Spay/Neuter locations this September. There will be a clinic in St. Catharines on Sept. 10, Barrie on Sept. 17 and Newmarket on Sept. 24. For only $25, which includes a gift of six weeks of pet insurance, pet owners can have their pets microchipped by caring and professional Ontario SPCA staff. To book an appointment, contact the Ontario SPCA Spay/Neuter clinic near you. Visit ontariospca.ca/spayneuter

Melissa Kosowan

Ontario SPCA


Ontario SPCA and Humane Society:

Protecting animals since 1873, Ontario SPCA is Ontario’s Animal Welfare organization. A registered charity comprised of over 50 Communities.

Since 1919, when Ontario’s first Animal Welfare legislation was proclaimed, the Ontario SPCA, with the help of its Communities, has been entrusted to maintain and enforce Animal Welfare legislation. The Act provides Ontario SPCA Agents and Inspectors with police powers to do so.

Ontario SPCA provides leadership in animal welfare innovations including introducing high-volume spay/neuter services to Ontario and opening the Provincial Education and Animal Centre.


Thank you so much for all you do

Thank you so much for all you do every day to rescue animals in need. I can’t imagine the terrible situations that you see every day.  It is great that you have the heart to help. Keep up the good work.