Happy news for Prince - here is his story
Chicago Animal Control sent an email to microchip hunters about a little MinPin Mix that was called in to them as found by a good samaritan named Bill. Bill wanted to hold on to the dog while looking for his family, and had him scanned for a microchip.
"He looked like he'd been lost for a while. Very skinny and not walking great He was in the parking lot of my building this morning shivering. I went back inside and out a couple dog treats down but he got scared and end up going down the alley. I left to go to an appointment and drove by him a couple of blocks away. When I got home, he was curled up on the mat to my back door up on the first floor.He's pretty weak and having trouble standing so it's probably going to take a few days to get him in decent shape because he was so emaciated. Have to feed him small portions of food at a time"
Prince had an Avid microchip that was unregistered, but Chicago Animal Control was listed as the implant facility. Prince was adopted from them 11 years ago, in 2009. CACC called the adopted from their system but never heard back.
I found the adopter's facebook page and a few additional numbers to try. I could see "Prince" on her facebook page from years ago, along with another beautiful little sweetheart. I left a facebook message, voicemail and text with a photo from Bill.
Constance called me back from one of the few numbers I had tried, and said she did have Prince and Princess, and that Princess recently passed away. She had given Prince to a niece that loved him 5 years ago, and learned the niece gave Prince to another family. She had no contact information for this new owner, and when I told her we were looking for the family, she said, "I am his family!"
Constance told me "my daughters are crying, and would like me to come get him if the owner isn't found and Bill doesn't want to keep him."
Bill held on to Prince for nearly 3 weeks, but has other dogs so wasn't going to keep him. He had a vet check and took care of him - nobody contacted him or Chicago Animal Control looking for him, so Constance happily came to pick him up on Friday night.
I received a text from her this morning to let me know he was home, and that he was so happy to see her and remembered everyone! He is running around and playing, just getting reacclimated and going for a vet check today.
Found 10/13/2020 Reunited 10/30/2020 Welcome home Prince!
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Microchip Hunters received a case from a good samaritan, Cheryl, that had taken in a dog that a friend found a few months ago. Cheryl had just heard about microchip help, and thought she would give us a try. The microchip wasn't registered but the vet had the owner information. It was outdated. In the meantime, however, they were unable to hold on to this beautiful Dogo Argentino as their landlord gave them a time limit.
Cheryl contacted Ray from @barkofanangeldogrescue who took this beautiful boy in. Ray knew this dog had to have an owner missing him, and sent us a message that he had the dog now. I let him know we would be working to find the owner, but that we weren't having any luck so far.
The next day, I found a number for a nephew, and he asked if the dog was a Dogo. I knew I had the right family. He told me he would call his uncle.
I received a call from Genaro. He told me his English wasn't great, but it was pretty good! He asked if I had his Manolo! I told him he was with a foster family, and that they were hoping his family was looking for him. He told me that he had 5 dogs, and wasn't able to keep them all in their small place. He has Manny's brothers, and two Rottweilers as well. He said he has now moved to a home with 2 acres, and horses and chickens, and has so much room for his dogs! He had trusted a friend to take Manny, and tried contacting him many times over the last year and a half to find out how Manny was, and he never returned his calls.
Genaro was very emotional, and couldn't wait to get Manolo back. He lives a few hours away now and picked Manny up today.
Ray sent this beautiful reunion video, and Genaro will be sending some back home photos tomorrow. Ray told me that Genaro got out of his car, and did a certain whistle. Manny knew immediately his family came for him. He ran to the door; Ray hadn't seen that kind of energy and happiness from Manny in all the days he was there. It is clear that Manny loves Genaro, and vice versa.
Manny is now on his car ride home - we couldn't be happier. We will add some photos tomorrow!!!
Thank you to Cheryl for sending this to microchip help, and to Ray and Bark of an Angel Dog Rescue for recognizing the importance of reuniting dogs to their families! Ray told me "We won't send someone's dog off if they are claimed. We are a legitimate rescue."
*Photos in comments*
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Stormy was just a puppy given to a boy for Christmas last year. His family had to move back from Chicago to Minnesota, and left Stormy with a family member, and when he went missing, they weren't told. Thankfully he was microchipped, and he wound up at Chicago Animal Control, where microchip hunters came in.
Microchip Hunters finally heard back from the unaware owner, and she was unable to travel due to medical circumstances. The family member that was taking care of Stormy when he went missing, didn't feel he could hold on to him. The family said they wanted their baby home, and asked if there was anything we could do to help. Microchip hunters was able to find a 'foster' for him in the meantime, while figuring things out with the family. Stormy's stray hold was ending.
Microchip Hunters reached out to the group that helped get our boy Cooper home to Colorado, and wow, they set up a transport within a few hours to get Stormy home. What an amazing group of people - the foster who provided amazing care for nearly a month also sent food, extra harnesses, a special chew proof cable, leash for tethering, treats for Stormy, and even a Halloween goody bag for the child waiting for his dog, provided the first leg of transport, to Rockford.
From there, the #Howlin4Hope team took over - Rita, Cathy, Kerrie, and Marigrace spent hours of their day driving Stormy, and we couldn't be more grateful. You are angels. Special thanks to c-oordinator's Mary, Cheryl and Lisa for making this happen!
A boy and his dog, back home together.
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Paris, a little white Chihuahua, was found with a name tag, and a phone number. The finder couldn't connect with anyone at this number, so took her to Chicago Animal Control hoping they could help.
Though Paris also had a microchip, there was no address to send a letter, and Chicago Animal Control was unable to reach anyone at the number provided, so they asked microchip help for assistance.
I found a phone number that turned out to be the son of the person from the microchip. He called me back and let me know that Paris was given to his cousin, Tracy, and he gave me her phone number.
Tracy was coming home from work when she saw my message, and told me she would call me when she got home, after checking to see what was going on. She didn't know Paris had gone missing yet, but called me as soon as she confirmed, to get the information on how to reclaim Paris from CACC.
Tracy let me know that "she is with us," on Friday.
Found 10/21/2020; Reunited 10/23/2020 Welcome home Paris, and thank you to both the finder and Chicago Animal Care and Control for helping get her back to her family.
Tracy will also be transferring ownership with the microchip company.
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The senior gal wound up at Chicago Animal Control, and her unregistered microchip was implanted through a vet school. Thankfully, they were able to provide microchip hunters the owner information, but, of course, it was over 10 years old, and the numbers did not work.
I found some information that matched the owners name, but the current address was in Fargo, ND, so I was concerned.
Still, the numbers I found didn't lead to Christal. I began sending some emails to what I could find for her, and facebook messages to her family members, and received that call from Christal. She got my email.
"I am currently in Fargo, and my grandmother has Lydia. She didn't want to tell me she was lost, because she knew I would be so upset." Christal was relieved to get this email, and told me it made her night; we were so happy to get this good news to her.
Arrangements were made, and Lydia, the 13 year old Pitbull/MinPin, went home to grandma yesterday! Christal will be getting Lydia's microchip registered too!!!
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Jackie was at Chicago Animal Care and Control, and her microchip had old contact information for her family.
Microchip Hunters were able to find a current number for one of the family members, and they were so glad to receive the call that Jackie was found. She had already been at CACC for 4 days, so they were very worried.
Jackie went home yesterday, and her family already let me know they contacted the chip company to update their phone numbers!
Found 10/14/2020 Reunited 10/19/2020 Welcome home Jackie, you are loved!
This cutie pie came in as a stray to Chicago Animal Care and Control. Her name from her registered chip was Raven. The phone number for the owner had another name on the voicemail, but a message was left in case. CACC couldn't reach the owner on file from the chip so sent it to us at microchip help. Thank you!
After a couple of days of no luck reaching the owner, I called the implant facility to see if they had any other contact information. They couldn't find the information from the microchip number, but when I gave them the owner's name, they were able to find Raven, and said her adopter returned her to them after 5 years. They said she was adopted to another family a few years ago.
The humane society was reading the notes out loud, and said, "OH, the owner filed a missing report with us!" She gave me the new adopter's number, and I called her and received a call back right away! Raven's name when she adopted her was changed to Hazel.
Hazel's owner was in Chicago visiting her mom when she went missing. She was so glad she was found, and her mom was able to pick Hazel up from CACC, until she can get back in town to pick her up.
It was so smart of Hazel's owner to call the Humane Society she adopted her from! We gave her the microchip information also, to be sure to get that transfer of ownership done!
"My mom has her! I'm whole again knowing she's back with my family"
Found 10/10/2020 Reunited 10/16/2020 Welcome home Hazel!!! You are adorable!!!
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Shalana told me she really misses her dog Cocoa. He was brought in as a stray to Chicago Animal Care and Control with an unreadable rabies tag on his collar, and a microchip with a phone number that didn't belong to his family any more. CACC sent it to microchip hunters for help!
I tried several phone numbers, but what worked, was emailing numerous addresses I could find! Shalana called me after receiving an email, and told me her dog was missing! She checked with police departments in the area, and didn't have any luck. She was searching for Cocoa's microchip information too! She emailed Chicago Animal Control to get an appointment to pick Cocoa up, and told me she really needs him home, and said she really misses him.
Shalana sent me a text the next day, after learning of the reclaim fee. She asked if I knew how long they would hold Cocoa for her at animal control...she needed a few extra days to pay the reclaim fee. Lost Dogs Illinois helped her out by paying the fee so Cocoa could get home to her. We didn't want either of them to wait any longer. He is so happy to be home, and Shalana is very very grateful. She sent me many photos of her and this sweet boy.
Cocoa's owner will be making sure to update her contact information with Petkey.
Welcome home Cocoa, you were really missed. Found 10/1/2020 Reunited 10/6/2020
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Last month there was a car wreck and the family involved didn't speak very good English, they had minor injuries and were taken to the hospital. The Sheriff's Department brought their senior dog to Johnson County IL Animal Control, uninjured.
There was no contact information with the dog. No calls in regards to reclaim. ACO called hospital and was informed that police took the family and put them on a bus as their car was destroyed. They were informed dog couldn't ride on the bus. Confused, sad, and scared they left.
Microchip, registration tag, and rabies tag registered to a family in Colorado. Thank God for Lost Dogs Illinois! They got us in touch with their dead end chip crew. They are amazing. Within 24 hours they got us the name, new address and phone number to the rightful owners, which were the family in the car accident.
It appears they were moving from Colorado to North Carolina. We are in communication and very nice family. The owner calls and texts me often, missing their Cooper. Cooper was adopted years ago by them from the shelter and they said Cooper is the best dog in the whole world. His 6 children cry for him every night because he's not in anyone's bed to sleep. Cooper howls at night for them.
The owner has stated that police are volluntering sending them their belongings from inside the vehicle, and they are very thankful for that. He said that when in the bus to NC they had no money and had to beg for food to feed their children. He said he gives great thanks for the bus tickets though or they would never gotten home.
He called me a few days ago very excited. He said God is good and he got a job at a pizza shop. That he can now take better care of his family because God provides! He said he just wish he could share this celebration with Cooper. That his family is not complete without Cooper. He is unsure how long before he has a car to travel.
Oh the things we take for granted!!! Thanking God for a pizza job! How many of us complain about the work we have?
Johnson County IL Animal Control is waving all hold, and claim fees... zero charge! We at Howlin 4 Hope are covering cost of any vax needed, and health certificate, and would like to get a couple months of flea and Heartworm prevention if possible.
We are now asking...
CAN WE PLEASE BRING COOPER HOME!!!???!!!
We have one person that has offered to take Cooper from here and bring all the way home to North Carolina this Saturday, but we need someone to cover her previous transport commitment for another this Saturday from Mt Vernon IL to Mattoon IL. Please take this one leg, to help Cooper get home.
One of our Howlers has given a $25 gift card to travel with Cooper. We are contributing a bed, crate, toys, harness and other things for Cooper. Common Ground Animal Rescue Network has provided food, treats, and other items for Coopers trip.
If anyone would like to get me items to donate for "Coopers Luggage" please get it here before Friday. Gift cards for the family would be awesome! Any special snacks treats for children, or treats or healthy care options for Cooper would be greatly appreciated!
Let's get some of our magic glitter out folks! Let's BRING COOPER HOME!!!
Duke has a registered microchip, but the phone number doesn't belong to this owner anymore, so when he was brought in to Chicago Animal Care and Control, they sent it to microchip help. They knew he was a cared for and loved dog.
I called so many numbers, many disconnected, many didn't belong to this owner, and a couple didn't speak English, but didn't know this owner's name.
Jesus' facebook page didn't have too many friends, but since I had no luck with emails and calls, I started checking the few connections he had. One of the 'friends' had a link to a business, and it had a connection to Jesus. I tried the phone number, and voila, he answered! He said he doesn't speak English, and almost hung up! As soon as I mentioned Duke's name, and a little bit of Spanish that I know, his voice changed and he said, "Yes, address ?"
I asked about anyone speaking English and he had a niece talk to me. I explained the process for reclaiming at Chicago Animal Control to his niece, and told her I was going to text the owner the information in Spanish, and to please go over it with him in case!
The next morning, I reached out to our volunteer, Mayra. I asked her to please call and talk to this owner to make sure he understood everything, and he told her he had already emailed and was waiting for a call for an appointment. It made my day!
Duke is home, 9/23/2020! Welcome home, Tu familia te ama!
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