Microchip Hunters reached out regarding this senior boy at Chicago Animal Care and Control. He had been there four days and we were really hoping someone was looking for him.
Sugar Bear's microchip was not registered but the implant facility did have contact information. It just wasn't current!
After hitting a dead-end with calling, emailing and messaging, I started reaching out to family members. I did see that he was found less than 1/4 mile from the owner's current home address. I received a text back! "Let me try to contact her. Thank you for reaching out" A few minutes later, I received a call from Tony, saying that Sugar Bear is his mom's dog, and yes, she was missing him. He passed along all the information for his mom to reclaim Sugar Bear. Yay!!!
Soon after, I got another call, this time from the owner, letting me know she was having trouble emailing CACC. I gave CACC her phone number, and they were able to make arrangements for her to come get Sugar Bear the next day.
Sugar Bear's owner was unable to come up with the reclaim fee, so Lost Dogs Illinois let CACC know that we would help them out, and pay the reclaim fee to get this senior boy back home.
"I couldn't leave him. Thank you, you are such a gem! Many blessings to you and your loved ones!"
The owner told me she updated the microchip, and I confirmed! All set Sugar Bear, just don't take off again.
Found 7/25/2020 Reunited 7/30/2020 Welcome home
Microchip Hunters was just sent a message from a friend, Jane! She had a friend with a found dog in Indiana that the vet told her had an unregistered microchip.
I pulled the information up, and it did look to be unregistered, but I contacted the microchip company hoping to at least get an implant facility.
Guess what? It was registered AND had the implant facility. I called Peanuts' owners and they contacted this friend Jeri and got their little sweetheart back home!
Peanut's owners just called me back, and asked, "how did you get my wife's number?" I mentioned that I contacted the microchip company, but told them it did look to be unregistered before I called. I asked when they registered and he said 'my wife just registered the microchip this morning.' Thank goodness!
It is never too late to register and update your microchip information. Of course, it is best to do it before your pet goes missing, but better late than never.
Welcome home Peanut, and a big thanks to Jeri for taking Peanut in from playing in the street, and to Jane for asking for help finding the owners.
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When Jose's sister gave him the message that Hachiko was found, he called me immediately. He told me how much he loved Hachy, and had to give him away to a friend of a friend in Chicago after owning him for a over three years. He moved to an apartment, and couldn't keep him there. This was a couple of years ago, and he was heartbroken.
Hachy had an unregistered microchip, that was implanted at McHenry Animal Control. Chicago Animal Control tried to contact Jose from the information on file, but it was not a current number. It was sent to us at microchip help.
I was able to reach a number that belonged to Jose's sister, who passed along the news. Jose and his family still live in McHenry, but are able to have a dog where they now live. English wasn't his first language, and Jose doesn't have email, but Chicago Animal Care and Control was able to set up an appointment and Jose was able to pick up his very missed boy on Saturday. He was so excited, and has thanked me over and over.
We are making sure that the microchip gets updated properly, just in case.
Hachiko went home on the last day of his stray hold, and we are so happy for Jose. He sent me this photo of his son with Hachy, who was groomed right away. Happy Happy Day for Jose and his family!!!
Welcome home Hachiko, found 8/2/2020, reunited 8/8/2020
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Sue was volunteering as usual at the Humane Society of Northwest Indiana when she heard of a dog found in Gary, Indiana with a microchip to an owner in Chicago. The phone number no longer belonged to the registered owner, and she right away thought of Lost Dogs Illinois Microchip Hunters as we helped her reunite a found dog once before!
Sue called asking for help, and then texted the microchip information to me. I pulled up the owner information, and did some research. After sending an email and leaving a couple of voicemails and texts, I decided to try a phone number for a relative at the owner's address, and received a call back immediately! He gave me the owner's current phone number and she answered my text back right away that she was looking for her dog Sasha. I gave her the information for the Humane Society.
I called the Humane Society, and let them know Sasha's owner would be calling. They told me they had tried everything, including her Facebook page, to try and reach the owner! I love that! They were so happy to get this news.
Sasha's owner picked her up yesterday morning, and she is home! Thank you Sue for thinking of us. We are so happy you helped get this girl home to her family that loves her.
Sue is a volunteer who really cares...she is a team player, and not only reaches out for help, but has also helped transport a dog from a shelter here in Chicago to an owner without transportation. She is a gem.
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Skeeter is a little cutie that somehow ended up at Chicago Animal Care and Control, even though his microchip was registered to an address in Des Moines, Iowa. The phone numbers associated with the chip were disconnected so it was sent to Microchip Hunters.
My search for alternative contact numbers wasn’t turning up much, so I searched the registered name on Facebook and found a profile under a very similar name and from Des Moines, so I sent them a message. Facebook makes it difficult for people to see messages from non-friends -- so my message wasn’t being read.
In an attempt to get my message noticed by the person that I suspected was Skeeter’s owner -- I messaged a number of their friends, hoping that one of them would see my message and be able to put us in contact with each other.
“Thomas” messaged me back and said “I will tell her to check her message”!!!
A short time later, the person I thought was Skeeter’s owner messaged me -- but surprisingly they directed me to yet another Facebook profile -- someone from Houston, Texas!!! A quick scan of this new profile and I was quite certain I’d found Skeeter’s family. I found photos of Skeeter along with other evidence that this was most certainly Skeeter’s registered owner. And they responded to my message -- they now live in Chicago, Skeeter had been missing since the previous weekend and their little boy was very, very sad. English is a second language for this family so we reached out to another volunteer to help explain the process for reclaiming pets from CACC. Within a couple days Skeeter was back home -- the family was complete again -- and there was one very happy little boy!!!
So many strangers contributed to getting this little one home -- Thank You All!!!
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