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Study shows rescued 'strays' have loving owners

Wednesday November 12th 2014

Many cats found wandering the streets or roaming round people's gardens are mistakenly being identified as strays, a new study reveals.

And if the pets are not microchipped, staff at the rescue centre they're taken to have no way of then reuniting them with their heartbroken owners.

According to a poll carried out by YouGov for Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, 20% of people admit that they'd think a roaming cat was a stray and say they'd either take it to a rescue home or keep it themselves.

The head of the charity's London rescue centre, Lindsey Quinlan, says nearly 1,500 of the 3,000 cats it takes in each year are classified as strays.

But she says although it is thought a lot are not genuine strays, many do not have the microchips that would enable staff to identify them and get them back to their owners.

The charity is urging cat owners to have their pets microchipped to ensure that they can be identified if they end up getting lost and taken in by a vet or rescue centre.

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Copyright Press Association 2014