Cats Protection knows from its supporters how heart-breaking it is for an owner not to know the plight of their missing cat.
We continue to call for microchipping of cats to be compulsory as it is a safe and permanent way to identify a missing cat and inform the owner. Where a cat is a victim of a road traffic accident (RTA), if it is chipped and the details are up to date, scanning can enable an owner to be informed.
Ideally, we’d like all those within local councils responsible for street cleaning to scan cats they collect and to inform the owners. While many local councils already scan cats that have been victims of RTAs some still don’t. Requiring all councils across the UK to scan would ensure owners are informed about what has happened to their much-loved pet.
Cats Protection has volunteer branches around the UK, some of which have worked successfully with their local councils to ensure cats that have been accident victims are scanned.
The charity has also been successfully working with Government on the issue. The Transport Minister in England has mandated the Highways Agency in England (which controls the major roads such as motorways in England) to collect, scan and notify owners about cat RTA victims. Transport Scotland, who control the major roads in Scotland, also do the same.
However, many cats get killed or injured on minor roads rather than major roads. The Transport Minister in England has written to local authorities in England to encourage them to collect, scan and notify owners about cat RTA victims, however, as they were not required to do so, some local councils are not carrying out this activity.
What Cats Protection is calling for:
- Cats Protection wants all local councils across the UK to collect, scan and notify owners about cat RTA victims
- Cats Protection is also pressing the Welsh and Northern Ireland governments to require their National Transport
Agencies to scan and notify owners about cat RTA victims