Yesterday morning I was volunteering with SNAP, the Spay Neuter Action Project, at an all cats clinic in El Cajon. We were there with the Neuter-Scooter and had 40 cats registered to be altered.. Everything was going very smoothly when a cat decided he wanted out of his cardboard carrier. The cat's owner was standing right next to the box but the cat was so fast he managed to escape her groping hands and dashed away crossing a very busy street during morning traffic. Thank goodness he was not hit by a car but we all watched in horror as he just kept running farther and farther away. The owner went after him but when she returned to the parking lot an hour later, the cat was not with her. She was obviously deeply upset and decided to get in her car and search for the cat. I hope she finds him but he was not wearing a collar and was not micro-chipped. Her chances of getting him home are pretty slim.
If you own a cat, I urge you to put a collar ID on him and have him micro-chipped. Even if your cat is indoor only, accidents happen. Someone forgets to close the door completely or a cat escapes when you answer the door for a delivery. I can't tell you how many times, when I am walking dogs through various neighborhoods, I see posters with cats pictures, saying, "Lost Cat. Please call. Reward".
Don't let that poster be your cat.