These two Chihuahaus were picked up and taken to the Oswego Police Department. They were microchipped in 2013 but had outdated information.
When no owner came looking for them, they were taken to Kendall County Animal Control, this was on October 5th.
Kendall County sent the microchip information over to Microchip Hunters on October 21st, when they had no luck reaching the microchipped owners and no owners came for them.
Microchip Hunters did some research based on an address found for this owner on file, and was able to find a working phone number for the mom. The mom told me that her daughter and her ex were no longer together, and that the ex took the dogs with him. Her daughter was recently told that he rehomed them to an 'older' lady, without her even knowing. The mom told me she would have her daughter call me.
When the daughter called me, she was crying. She said she will pick them up Monday when they were open again, but was concerned about the fees. They were there for 19 days, and there are 2 of them, so the charges would add up quickly. Lost Dogs Illinois offered to assist with some of the fees, and we are very grateful that Kendall County Animal Control reduced the boarding fee portion of the bill to 7 days. With the additional charges, this was still more than the owner could afford currently, so she paid the portion she was able, and Lost Dogs Illinois paid the balance. We wanted Gracie and Buddy home with their family of 9 years. As the owner said, "all of this could have been avoided if he just told me he didn't want to keep them."
It all ended well for this family thanks to their microchips! The family never would have known they were picked up or at animal control, and would not have made it home to her. We are thankful that Kendall County Animal Control sent the microchip to Microchip Hunters, and that these two were not transferred or adopted out! We are also thankful to our generous fans, whose support allows us to help families like these with reclaim fees.
Welcome home little ones! "They were so excited when I picked them up. Thank you so much again for all of your help"
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Thank you Kendall County Animal Control and Adoption Center for sending the microchip information to Microchip Hunters for help reaching Hetty's family.
After pulling up the owner information from the microchip company, I (Microchip Hunters) tried the numbers on file, but both were not current. I saw that both owners were seniors. I did some searching, and found some numbers for relatives It turns I reached the grandson! I sent a text and he replied back, "I just spoke to my gramma, she said the dog has been gone for 2 days." He gave me her current phone number, and said that she is expecting my call.
I called and spoke to the grandma, and was given to the husband, since he is the one that drives. He was surprised to hear she was 13 miles away. He was going to try to get to KCAC by close, but didn't make it, so they went Monday to pick up "Baby" whose name is now Hetty. She has been with them for over 12 years.
Remember, not everyone is on social media! Seniors need extra help getting their dogs home! We will help update the chip if it isn't.
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Nearly 2 years later, Tuffy's microchip gets him home...
Tuffy was taken to Chicago Animal Control on Oct 20th, 2022 by a good samaritan. Chicago Animal Control was unable to leave a voicemail on the phone number that the microchip company had on file., so they asked Microchip Hunters to help.
I (Microchip Hunters) wasn't getting a reply to text, and also couldn't leave a voicemail, so started a search on-line for relatives. I sent several texts to family, and shortly after received a phone call from Tuffy's owner. The family let her know to call! She said nearly 2 years ago, she went to her mom's to take care of her. Tuffy got out of her front door, and the family looked for him for hours. It was pouring rain and they had no luck. They never heard from anyone that he was found.
Tuffy's owner worked until 4 today, but said she will be going right after work to pick him up. She was really excited to get him home!
Tuffy is home, he is following the daughter all around and slowly coming around. He is still a little out of sorts, much heavier and breathing a little heavy so will be going to a vet to be checked. His family is thrilled to have him home!
Welcome home Tuffy!
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Home at Last! The found Pomeranian from #Joliet #IL is home safe and sound! Her name is Foxy! Thank you to Essington Road Animal Hospital for taking Foxy in, registering to Lost Dogs Illinois, and for reaching out to get help from Microchp Hunters for this unregistered microchip!
Microchip Hunters was able to find possible information on who the microchip was sold to in 2013, and tried a few different locations to see if owner information could be found! Thankfully they were able to find records but the phone number from 2013 was outdated. I found a working number for the son, who said, "OMG you found Foxy!" He gave me his mom's current phone number and she was very happy to hear she was found safe.
Foxy was picked up! The owner messaged: "Thank you so much! You made a family very happy , specially all the lil kids" Essington Animal Hospital was told the father had to send his daughter to school this morning upset. They are very thankful! Foxy has been with this family for over 9 years!
Found 2022-10-11 Reunited 2022-10-11. Welcome home!
Foxy's microchip is now registered and an ID tag is being sent for her collar too!
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When Brittany got a call about from Microchip Hunters regarding a found cat named Bolt, it took her a minute! She said OMG that was my daughter's cat 10 years ago. Where is he? When she heard he was at Chicago Animal Care and Control, she said she will come pick him up.
Brittany took a day off, and went to pick Bolt up! It was also the last day of his stray hold! They are very excited to have him back in the family!
Found 10/4/2022 Reunited 10/10/2022 Welcome home Bolt! Happy reunion!!!
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Chopper got away from his owner, harness and leash attached, and was nowhere to be found.
Thankfully he made his way to Chicago Animal Control who sent Microchip Hunters his chip information after they weren't getting any replies to their call.
I (Microchip Hunters) wasn't getting a reply either so began internet searching for family members, and reached the son-in-law who gave the message to Chopper's family to call!
I heard from Emily who said she was missing him, black harness and blue leash. She went the next day to pick him up. He is home, resting. "I'm so happy he is home"
Thank you to the good samaritans that brought Chopper to CACC, and to CACC for sending the microchip for help! Emily has a new phone number and address, and will be updating that right away!
Chopper slept all day - shelters can be exhausting!
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Found 10/6/2022 Reunited 10/8/2022 Welcome home Chopper!