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Hi, I recently adopted a new kitty from a rescue/adoption agency.  They will not transfer the chip to me.  Unfortunately, I signed paperwork that says they will maintain chip in their name.  At adoption, I mentioned I would like chip in my name, as owner and in case of emergency.  The rescue contact said they 'preferred' to keep the chip in their name, and I mentioned having them as an alternate would be great.   I have asked several times for transfer, and now they are saying they will take the kitty away from me.  Now I am reading yelp reviews for this group.  Someone who had adopted a kitty from them, had their kitty escape out the door 4 years later.  Someone found the kitty and had chip scanned.   Allegedly the rescue group was called, they picked up the kitty and would not give him back.  I would be crazy sick if this ever happened to me.  Do I have any chance of getting the chip transferred?  

  1. Andrea Jaffrey

    have you sent the adoption contract to the chip company to prove you own the cat? You normally need to contact the chip company to transfer ownership. 

    But if I were you, I'd get the kitty another chip implanted and put that in your name.  I don't know the legality of this issue...so that's why I'm not putting this as an answer (wink)

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    We use Found Animals which offers the opportunity to transfer the microchip to the adopter and my experience is 90% of the time, people don't. In our contract it states if the cat escapes for whatever reason, to contact me asap so that we can be on the alert should the chip be scanned. FA has us as the second contact if the cat gets lost and I get an email, text, phone call for 2 days in a row. Some folks leave us as the  point of contact because if they're at work and can't receive calls, we get the call and because the adopter contacted us, we can get in touch with them. If they don't contact me it concerns me the lack of following the contract by not telling us as soon as it happens and we may be inclined to not return the cat. Especially if we've revetted it (combo testing, fecal, updated vaccines, etc.)

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      Sue,

      We are very sorry to hear about your situation.  Regrettably, this is not a subject in which we have the expertise offer council.  We would recommend checking with the microchip company and seeing what their policies are and perhaps even legal council in your location.  

      Sincerely,

      Karen

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