Buddy made it home with the help of microchip hunters, in more than one way! He was found in the middle of the night roaming in Chicago by one of our microchip hunters, Katie! She made sure he made it safe to Chicago Animal Care and Control. She then reached out to our microchip hunters group to get owner information from the microchip, and when the number provided didn't work, she was able to contact through facebook and get a working number!
Buddy was picked up the next day and all are happy he is home! Found 11/23/19; Reunited 11/24/2019. Welcome home sweet boy!!!
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Dandy was brought into Chicago Animal Care and Control on 11/14/19. He was micro-chipped but the phone number listed did not match or was changed.
Microchip Hunters were given the case. The family business was located, and a volunteer was able to match Dandy's found location within a block of a business associated with Dandy's family.
We were able to locate Dandy's family immediately through the business, and learned that Dandy got out on 11/14/19. His daddy immediately rushed to CACC to look for him and was told that he was not there.
Dandy has been the family dog since he was a puppy. His family brings him to work daily with them. Sadly some of the employees are not vigilant with making sure that the gate is shut all the way when they come and go. They were overjoyed and rushed to get him.
Dandy's microchip is now updated, dog tags ordered and a sign will be placed on the gate to remind workers to be sure to close the gate.
Welcome home Dandy! You are a beautiful boy!
It was such a relief to hear that Moose was still in his home of 11 years. Chicago Animal Care and Control asked microchip hunters for help finding the owner of this boy adopted in 2008. The owner's phone number was disconnected.
When I started researching the name and number, I found that the owner had passed in 2017, and my heart sank. I was hoping so much to be able to find that Moose was still living with family!
There weren't too many immediate family members to try, so I started to reach out to others at the address. It brought me so much joy when Jonathon answered and told me he still lives in his aunt's home with Moose, and that someone left the gate open. It was such good news for him to hear he was found, and he sent a friend today while he was working because he wanted Moose home right away.
Jonathon sent me these adorable back home photos to share!
"Thank you so much, and I really appreciate what you do"
Found 11/14/2019; Reunited 11/17/2019. Welcome home Moose! We are so happy you are home where you belong.
Thank you CACC for sending to microchiphelp!
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This big boy was found in #Chicago #IL and Garrido Stray Rescue Foundation took him in to help find his family!
They found a microchip that had migrated, posted him as found here with #LostDogsIllinois, and submitted the microchip information so that Microchip Hunters could help research the unregistered microchip!
The microchip company, AKC, was unable to provide me the breeder information, as it was private, but they told me they were going to reach out to them and ask that they call me. I didn't hear back, and I called a couple of times over the next few days. AKC said they still didn't get any response from the breeder on file.
I was able to obtain the email address for the breeder, and then research a number associated to this email! This breeder had the owner information for me, but when I called, the owner told me he and his girlfriend,Kieu, are no longer together and that she owns him! He said he would get contact information for me,and that he hadn't seen him in years and would love a photo. He spoke pretty good English, but Kieu speaks Vietnamese, so my conversations with her primarily took place through Google Translate!
Kieu told me she had been looking for Polar for several days, and was very happy to get this call! I let Garrido Stray Rescue know I had talked to the owner, and they let me know that Polar was scheduled to be neutered today, so Kien could pick him up after 3:00!
Polar is now home with his very happy family!
Found 11/7/2019; Reunited 11/12/2019! chào mừng về nhà Polar!!!
Lost Dogs Illinois
Microchip Hunters have come across their share of human error: microchip number registered to a pet that doesn't match the description of the found pet, the phone number entered in the system has a transposed number, an incorrect microchip number submitted, contact information not entered at the implant facility correctly, etc.
This was the case with Snow, a young little white Chihuahua.
We received this case from Chicago Animal Care and Control, with a microchip number that wasn't registered. Taking a closer look, I realized if I changed one of the microchip numbers, it would belong to Petlink and decided to give it a try.
When I researched the microchip using the Petlink format, the pet information matched the dog at CACC! I contacted the owner, Martha, from her updated found animals registration, and was told she had to rehome Snow a couple of months ago because the landlord told her tenants were complaining of her barking. She asked if she was ok, and where she was, and gave me the phone number of the girl she had rehomed Snow to. I sent her the photo to confirm this was her as well, and she sent me many photos back! She also told me she has her shot and spay records and that she is registered with Paws for Life!
I contacted the second owner, and she said her grandmother was taking care of Snow, and that she didn't know she was missing, but that she would pick her up the next day. Martha also contacted her.
Late the next afternoon, Martha contacted me to find out if Snow was picked up, and I told her she was not. She had doubts from her conversation that this new owner was going to be able to keep Snow. Martha and her son really missed Snow. They got her when she was a tiny puppy.
Martha talked to her landlord and he agreed to allow Snow back - her lease is up soon and she will be moving to another apartment that allows dogs. Because of the reclaim fee and her moving expenses, Martha let me know she wouldn't be able to pick Snow up until payday Wednesday. Lost Dogs Illinois stepped up and offered to pay the reclaim fee, and Martha and her son went to CACC when they opened to get her home!
"She is so happy! When she saw me at the shelter she lit up. They said that's the happiest she has been!"
"Thanks for helping with the fee I had to buy her some things."
Welcome home Snow! You all sure look happy!
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Early in 2018 -- over a year and a half ago -- Tiny managed to get outside and was lost on the streets of Chicago. She’d been with her family for her entire life and now she was gone. The family searched but with no luck and they assumed the worst.
Microchip Hunters knew nothing of Tiny's story as we started to work on her case. All we knew is that an approximately 10 year old cat had just came into CACC and her microchip was unregistered. Thankfully we got a name and phone number from those that had implanted the chip and with that information we had Tiny’s name and a lead on the owner and potential family members.
We sent out texts and Facebook messages to everyone! When one of those family members suddenly received our Facebook message mentioning Tiny, well understandably they were suspicious. Then they received the same message on their phone, which really got their curiosity up, but their response back to me was still full of skepticism. Once I explained to them about Microchip Hunters, that Tiny was at CACC and that their contact phone number was out of service -- then he said “She’s been missing over a year now”.
I can’t imagine how things went after that for the family. I’m certain there were many surprising and happy messages and calls back and forth between mom, brother and sister as they first shared the good news and then worked out the details on how to pickup Tiny. Within days brother and sister were in line at CACC waiting to reclaim their Tiny!
Welcome Home, Tiny!!
***Photo picking Tiny up at CACC***