The Slabbert family could not have known that one phone call would change their lives in a matter of seconds…
Ten years before, they had welcomed a young male husky into their home and looked forward to spending a lifetime with him – playing, hiking and relaxing.
Sadly that was not to be. One day Koda disappeared, and after a heartbreaking search, they were unable to find him. Life went on without their beloved pet.
Then one day in July 2019, on a chilly winter’s day, the Slabberts received a phone call from the CoGH SPCA.
The person on the end of the line said, “We found your dog”, not knowing that he had been missing for 10 years.
Chantelle Slabbert was shocked – could this be true?
Yes – thanks to the Identipet chip that had been inserted into Koda years before, the SPCA could say with certainty this dog was Koda. The family rushed to the SPCA premises in Grassy Park and greeted their long-lost pet.
He had survived!
Had he been stolen? Did he run away and get lost ? Did he live on the streets this entire time?
They will never know exactly what happened to Koda but the family is grateful for the Identipet microchip which meant that he was finally returned to them.
Without proper ID, 90% of all pets that go missing are never reunited with their owners
In the event of finding a stray animal, the finder is obliged to report the date and time of the rescue and a description of the animal to the SPCA.
A person who rescues a stray animal must admit the animal to the SPCA Pound. Finders may not retain possession of the found animal unless due process has been followed.
The stray animal will be thoroughly checked for a micro-chip in order to trace the owner.