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Maddie's® Shelter Medicine Program at Cornell


Clover: The Lucky and Charming Kitty

Clover, a beautiful and affectionate cat, was found along the side of the road by a Good Samaritan and brought into a local shelter by an Animal Control Officer.  Poor Clover suffered from several large lacerations on her hind leg, but overall was in chipper spirits. Although the cause of Clover’s trauma was unknown, the shelter’s veterinary staff initiated treatment and was quickly able to make her more comfortable.

Clover Pic Secondary PageAs part of an intake examination process, animals brought to the shelter should be scanned for microchips, which may indicate or trace their original owner.  The value of microchipping your dog or cat is crucial in increasing the likelihood of your pet safely returning back home.  Microchipping is a safe and reliable form of permanent identification. If you are thinking of having this done, or if your pet is already microchipped, it’s important to know that owners are responsible for the initial registration and current contact information within the database for this process to be effective. 

In this particular case, the value of microchipping was astounding as the shelter staff discovered Clover’s microchip and her owner was identified.  Not only was Clover’s owner traced, but it just so happened to be an employee of this particular shelter.  After eight long months of searching for their missing cat, the heartache and worry was over! This lucky “Clover” is now reunited with her loving owner all thanks to the value of microchipping. Another heart-warming ending for Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program!