I took my Little Girl (cat) In for her shots today and discovered she had been chipped. She was a stray I rescued 2 yrs ago and never thought to have her checked before. The vets office left phone messages at the contact numbers. After I got home the original owner called them and they called me. I called her original owner we were both bawling on the phone. They came and got her. Very nice people. Couldn't thank me enough for taking care of her. We exchanged the history we each had with her and says she wants to keep in touch.
They've taken her and I didn't expect it to be so hard.
A lot of shelters have started chipping just as a recidivism control. One of my boys came neutered & chipped. Took him to the vet as routine before becoming "my cat". Turns out he was chipped, but nobody bothered to register it. Needless to say, 3+ years later, he is mine now & registered.
Oh no!!! How sad for you. I'm sorry you lost your fur kid. I have three cats, Comet, Binky, and Bunny. I don't know if I could stand what you just went through. I spend time at a no kill cat shelter. I get attached to some of the cats, but they have a pretty strict vetting process, so I know they've gone to a good home when they leave. They won't even put down the angry, hateful, mean ones. We just work with them. I hope you are able to find another fur kid. There's one out there looking for you.