They say that great distance makes the heart grow fonder. When Amanda Handcock’s Persian, Ralph, disappeared from her North Melbourne home in 2012, she spent over a month looking for her cat.“Five years ago we door-knocked, letter-boxed, and called shelters,” Handcock said. “The whole neighborhood knew him and we figured someone must have taken him.”
But after one month of hard work, any reasonable pet owner has to move on. When she received a call earlier this month from the RSPCA, she had no idea what to make of it. To Amanda’s surprise, they told her Ralph had been found.
“As soon as he saw me, he put his paws up on my chest and he started purring his little head off,” Handcock said. “I felt sheer excitement.”
This reunion between pet and owner was made possible by microchip technology. When Ralph showed up at a North Melbourne home, the residents brought Ralph to the RSPCA where they scanned him and correctly identified him.