Alas! The owner of the cat turned up at the Humane Society today with ID, and he came and picked up his cat this afternoon. He was very glad to have her back. He’d left her with friends who live up the street in preparation for his deployment and she wandered away. The friends are feeling terribly guilty and didn’t think or didn’t know about a microchip and didn’t report her missing. Apparently she and his friends’ cat don’t get along well; the owner says if she shows up again, keep her for him. He also told his friends to call us if they couldn’t keep her, and he gave them our phone number.
I’m still very puzzled at what happened on January 3. That was the day I first took her into the vet and the clerk called the Humane Society and was told the Society had no record of that chip. I can only think she misspoke when she gave them the number.