Banbury veterinary surgery urges pet owners to microchip their animals

Amanda Tudhope with a non-microchipped cat at Hawthorne Lodge Vets in Banbury. NNL-151011-124013009
Amanda Tudhope with a non-microchipped cat at Hawthorne Lodge Vets in Banbury. NNL-151011-124013009

A veterinary practice in Banbury’s town centre has urged pet owners to get their animals microchipped after three cats were brought in after being hit by vehicles.

All three had died but staff at Hawthorne Lodge Veterinary Surgery have no idea who the owners are.

A fourth cat – a tortoiseshell – was found trying to enter Sainsbury’s supermarket.

Veterinary nurse Amanda Tudhope said: “The first cat was found on Saturday morning near the Roebuck Inn at Drayton. He’s black and white, male and medium haired.

“The second, a black male was found dead on Riley Drive, Banbury on Sunday evening. And the third, a light tabby was found in Cromwell Road on Tuesday. None was identichipped or wearing a collar so we are unable to contact the owners.”

Ms Tudhope said the tortoiseshell is wearing a collar but is not microchipped.

“I can’t stress enough how important it is to have pets identichipped as we seem to be seeing more and more strays at the practice.

“It can be very upsetting when we can’t contact the owner especially if they are deceased or need immediate surgery.”

The surgery is to hold a drop-in microchipping session on Saturday, November 21 with prices reduced to encourage pet owners to chip their pets. Call 01295 259446.