“We love him dearly. We were so sad when he went missing. It was heartbreaking knowing that we lost him,” said Bandido’s owner, Andrea.
Bandido’s family never gave up searching for their precious boy, but as the months went by, they were faced with the heartbreaking prospect of never seeing him again.
“It was always in the back of my mind. I kept thinking that wherever he was, someone was looking after him,” said Andrea.
In June this year – almost a year after he had gone missing – Bandido came into the care of The Lost Dogs’ Home after being picked up by a local council. He was found approximately 13km away from his home. Bandido was scanned for a microchip, and thankfully, one was found. When Andrea received the phone call saying that her cat had made his way to The Lost Dogs’ Home, she was beside herself.
“I was shocked. I couldn’t believe it, that after nearly a year [Bandido] was found. I was pretty surprised,” she said.
The next day, Andrea and her family travelled to the Home for the reunion that they had always hoped for, but never imagined would happen. Wiping away tears, Andrea expressed her family’s joy.
“We’re very excited that we’ve found Bandido after nearly a year missing. I’m so ecstatic that he’s home,” she said.
There was not a dry eye in the room when Bandido was finally reunited with his family. They showered him with pats, hugs and kisses.
Andrea could not even begin to express how relieved she was that she had made the decision to have Bandido microchipped.
“I’m so grateful that I did what I did, [for Bandido] to be microchipped. Just in the future, you never know what could happen, and look at us now – nearly 12 months later, we got him back,” she said.
Each year, thousands of pets go missing across Australia, leaving behind very worried families. Having your pet microchipped will give you the best chance of being reunited with each other if he or she ever goes missing.
Roughly the size of a grain of rice, a microchip is a capsule containing a computer chip with a unique digital indication number. This number links directly to your contact details on National Pet Register database. Microchips are very safe and used worldwide to ensure lost pets are able to be reunited with their owners
Having your pet microchipped is simple. The tiny capsule is injected into the loose skin between the shoulder blades by a qualified microchip implanter. The entire procedure takes under five minutes. This can be done by vets and authorised implanters.
If your pet is microchipped and you move house or change your phone number, it is crucial to make sure that you update these details with the microchip registry. This is the only way they will be able to contact you if your pet is found.