A STUDENT veterinary nurse was in the ‘right place at the right time’ when she saved a injured cat from near-certain death.
Lauren Widman was driving to work at Rainsbrook Veterinary Group in Leamington when she spotted the feline on the road along Europa Way.
Believing the cat was dead, she pulled over to pick up the the body, but was amazed when she discovered he was still alive.
When they arrived at the practice, the badly-injured moggy was immediately assessed by a vet and scanned for a microchip.
Luckily his owner had fitted the cat, Mr Bojangles, with the chip, and the pair were reunited.
And although Mr Bojangles had serious injuries to his leg and eye, after a four day stay at the practice he was discharged to continue his recovery at home with owner Danny Kelly.
Lauren told The Observer: “I was so happy he was alive when I picked him up because everyone else was driving round him I just assumed the worse but it looks like I was in the right place at the right time.
“It was great seeing him go from strength to strength during his stay with us and it was very emotional for everyone involved when he was able to go home.
“He was a lovely little cat and I became quite fond of him. It was these kind of times that make me really proud to be part of the veterinary nursing profession.”
Rainsbrook are using the incident to raise awareness about microchipping – a service they offer for around £15.
And with June being National Microchipping Month, the practice say every pet should be fitted with the chip, which is around the size of a grain of rice and is inserted into the scruff of the neck.
When it is scanned it shows the details of the owner and a description of the pet.
Lauren said: “Microchipping really is important as as proven in Mr Bojangles case, I was able to find and contact his owners within five minutes of getting him back to the practice.”
Call Rainsbrook on 01926 422 592 or contact your local vets to find out more about microchipping.