On 11/29, Chicago Animal Care and Control reached out to Microchip Hunters to help research a microchip for a darling mini poodle that came into the facility as a stray. Turns out he was microchipped at a CACC clinic, but the information was outdated and phone number disconnected.
I chose to take this case because the registered address was in my neighborhood. After some researching, I wasn’t having much luck with my usual avenues, so I took a leap of faith and looked up the owner’s name on Facebook. Luckily, his name isn’t too common and I was able to connect! The family had moved and was unaware of how to update the microchip information. The owner was very happy to know where Bruno was and Bruno was very excited to be back with his family, the kids and to get a nice groom!
I’m so happy Chicago Animal Care and Control has chosen to partner with #LostDogsIllinois and the #MicrochipHunters. Getting lost dogs home opens up cages and helps decrease shelter overpopulation. It’s really taking a huge step toward a better Chicago. It’s so important to remember that not everyone knows where to look for their dogs, and with just a few extra steps, owners can be located.
Chicago Animal Care and Control tried calling Wrigley's owner, from the microchip, but the phone number was disconnected, so they sent it to Microchip Hunters for help. I took the case, and after researching, called some numbers that were associated with the owner's name. I finally got an answer from one of them.
It was Amanda, the girlfriend of the owner registered to Wrigley. She was astounded! Wrigley had gone missing from East Chicago, Indiana a year ago! She couldn't believe Wrigley was found, and in Chicago! The couple just moved and live 2 hours away from CACC, but were overjoyed! Amanda said, I will come get him on Saturday. Greg is out of town, but I will get there. "That really made my night." Amanda told me they "left the basement open, the windows, everything, just hoping he would pop up."
Wrigley is now adjusting to the couple's new home and getting back to normal with his family. Amanda said, "he was a 'special' cat from the beginning, and I just knew he was the one and we had to get him regardless of his bad attitude. I'm so happy he is back home!" Welcome home Wrigley - you really were missed. I am so happy I was able to be a part of this wonderful reunion!
(Wrigley's microchip information is updated)
***Photo is Wrigley at home with Greg before he was lost, along with his current back at home, relaxing photo; he really is one special boy***
Lost Dogs Illinois Volunteer
Microchip Hunter Volunteer
As always, when I get a #MicrochipHunter case, I enter the microchip number to find out which microchip company the chip came from. In Sasha's case, it showed up as Petlink, and when I called Petlink, I was put on hold for them to try the owner. Since this case was sent to us from Chicago Animal Care and Control (CACC) because the owner had a disconnected number, and the alternate contact had no forwarding information, I assumed Petlink would have no luck, and then would provide me the owner information to research.
Well??? Not a minute later, the representative got back on the line and said, "I have the owner on the line, and connected us." I explained to Maria that her dog Sasha was at CACC. She said, OMG we haven't seen Sasha in 2 years. We couldn't keep her, and gave her to someone, but with the agreement that we could visit her. She never let us see her. I could hear Maria telling her family, "get your shoes on, they have Sasha!" I notified CACC she was on her way! That was my quickest Microchip Hunter case ever!
OR SO I THOUGHT!
Shortly after arriving at CACC, Maria texted me that they couldn't release her, and that CACC needed to talk to me! CACC asked how I got Maria's name and number, as they had been provided completely different owner information, from Avid!
WHAT??? ONE microchip number - TWO different microchip companies - TWO different owners??? This was a new one for me!
The owner CACC was trying to reach (from Avid) had a disconnected phone number! No wonder! I thought it was strange that we were sent this case to us to research! CACC told Maria she would have to wait until tomorrow, so they can be sure Sasha is going to her rightful owner, which made perfect sense to me.
It was then that I knew I had to research the owner from the Avid microchip, to see if I could find the owner of the disconnected number. Maria couldn't wait to get Sasha home. After some time searching, I made contact with Callie, and when I told her we had a found dog that was registered to her, she said she hasn't owned a dog since 2008. I asked her if it was a Cocker Spaniel by any chance, and she said OMG yes! She said her name was Sasha! She couldn't believe Sasha was still alive! She got Sasha in 2005! "My kids were 5 years old when we got her. We gave her to a family named Celia, who had recently lost their own dog." I told her about Maria, and sent her the picture of Sasha that Maria sent to me. "I'm literally in tears. I'm so happy she's been taken care of all these years. What a blessing!!!"
I let CACC know that I had reached Callie, and that she was very happy that Maria will be taking Sasha back home. Maria was so happy to hear this news that she couldn't sleep. She had a lot of questions for Callie, since she didn't have her in her early years. She was thrilled to learn her name was always Sasha, and that she is about 13 years old.
Maria spoke with her sister, and told her how this was meant to be. She told her "everything happens for a reason." Maria told me, thank you so much for calling me. "I feel horrible for giving her away, but my family is in a better place now." Maria and her family couldn't be happier with how this turned out. Sasha is now back home, sniffing everything and getting re-acquainted with her surroundings. She urgently needed a grooming, which her family set up right away. Maria said, "I'm glad she will spend her remaining years with us."
I too believe that everything happens for a reason. Thank you CACC for giving me and Microchip Hunters the opportunity to get Sasha back to her family that missed her so much. She is one special girl, and she needed to go home. She has brought happy tears to all the lives that she has touched. Welcome home girl.
Lost Dogs Illinois Volunteer
Home at Last! Manny, the 10 year old Jack (Parson) Russell Terrier, ended up at Chicago Animal Care and Control (CACC) but they were unable to reach the owner. CACC sent Manny's microchip information to Microchip Help and our volunteer, Jeanette was able to research to find a phone number that turned out to be the owner's daughter! When she heard the news of Manny being at CACC she was very happy he was safe, and her mom said right away she would be picking him up the next day.
Well, four days went by, and Manny was still at CACC. It turned out that Manny's family really did want their senior boy back home, but needed some help right now. Lost Dogs Illinois stepped up to help; because LDI truly believes in helping reunite dogs with their families, and reducing the number of dogs at shelters. No dog with a home should be sitting in a shelter. Missing 10/27/18; Reunited 11/1/18. Welcome home Manny!
Lucky was sent to #MicrochipHunters from Chicago Animal Care and Control because the registered owner had a disconnected phone number. After getting owner information from the rabies tag, LDI volunteer and microchip hunter, Jeanette, began researching the owner information and after several disconnected phone numbers and attempts, was able to reach the registered owner's wife. She had told Jeanette that they haven't had Lucky for a couple of years but that they would come pick him up.
Later that night, Jeanette got a phone call from the son. He asked if it would be OK for him to come pick Lucky up the next day from CACC, as the dog was his mother's dog, and she had passed away in 2016. She had Lucky since 2010. He was very excited to get Lucky back and wanted to care for him. His mom loved Lucky, and he knew how special he was to her.
We are so thankful CACC had reached out to Microchip help, so that we can bring joy to this family.
Welcome home Lucky!