Peggy Brown told me a story about her love of cats and how she practices TNR (trap, neuter, return) to as many cats as she can. The purpose of TNR is to stop the unnecessary breeding of cats and to limit the feral cat population. Most of the lost cats and feral cats she finds are near her office which is close to the Humane Society of Southern Arizona.
To her surprise, she found a feral cat near her home in the Foothills where she routinely sees bobcats and coyotes. She trapped the cat and isolated her in a room of the house. The cat was ornery and hissed a lot. Peggy already has six cats of her own but also feeds a colony of feral cats.
What’s a cat person to do?
Peggy took the cat to the Humane Society to be spayed. It turned out the cat was already spayed so she advertised “found” cat on Craig’s List and elsewhere. No one claimed Zelda, the name Peggy began calling the cat who was ornery and hissed a lot. She estimated Zelda to be around 2 years old.
Peggy inquired if the Humane Society had checked for a microchip. They had not, so the cat went back and voila – Zelda was microchipped — in 1997; she was 15 years young.
Peggy called the number associated with the microchip and Glen answered the phone. His cat had disappeared in September 2012 from Country Club/Speedway and showed up around Campbell/Skyline in November 2012. How did Zelda manage to get that far?
Glen — if you are reading this – please contact Tucson.email@example.com – we would love a follow up.
My friend Bonnie Kay urged me to contact Peggy about this cat story. I also learned that Peggy recently rescued a blind cat and a miniature Lab mix. With so many animal cruelty stories in our community, Tucson Tails is always happy to share the heartwarming stories too.
You can have your pets microchipped for a low cost at the Humane Society of Southern Arizona.