¨24 Pet Watch has dog named as “Hillary” and owner address from Texas. No phone and no Email. We found dog in Lockport/Crest Hill area. No records in our system with owner name¨
Microchip Hunters were able to find a match to the name and previous address, to a recent address in Lockport! We reached the owner, and Hillary and her family recently moved to the area. She had been missing since Friday.
Hillary was picked up and now home, and her microchip information will be updated. Lost Dogs Illinois also sent her a new ID tag for her collar, in case she runs off again.
Found/Missing 12/11/2020 Reunited 12/15/2020 Welcome home Hillary!
¨Last week, I was contacted about 2 stray dogs that were living in a truck yard, but many people were unable to catch. Cindy and I headed out there with our traps and good food and secured the clearly bonded girls within an hour.
To our surprise and happiness, both girls were chipped to the same home. Chicago Animal Care and Control attempted to contact the owner, but the number went straight to voicemail and they left a message and sent it to chip hunters.
I was happy to take on this case because I just knew whoever owned them loved them so much. I started by using the address, left voicemails on the owner’s number and texted and left voicemails on the numbers of a few siblings. Cindy reached out to me and let me know she found a post of the girls on an unknown Lost dog site, and I verified the owner information on the chip was correct with what was posted.
About an hour passed and I received a text from the owner‘s sibling with their mom’s phone number. We connected and she let me know the owner was likely at work but that he was going to be so relieved because Beauty & Twinky were missing since November 1st and he was so distraught. Just a bit later, the owner called and let me know his normal phone wasn’t holding a charge so he had a different number. He was elated and I conveyed the information for redeeming them from animal control.
I’m so grateful that Chicago Animal Care and Control has allowed the partnership with Microchip Hunters; Beauty & Twinky are beautiful, loved family members and by allowing us to research owner information, we got them home as soon as possible. These girls stuck together for a month on the streets and are lucky they came across friendly workers who fed them daily and alerted CACC. One person can make a difference in the life of a stray, and owners need to never give up on their lost dog because their will to survive is always strong.¨
December 31st, 2020
Microchip Hunters was able to help get Rocko home from Chicago Animal Control by finding owner information through a Petco facility!
After sharing the information for the family, Chicago Animal Control was able to call and get an appointment for his family to get him home.
Found 12/12/2020 Reunited 12/14/2020 Welcome home Rocko
"We are so happy Pepe is home"
Pepe was found as a stray, and taken to Chicago Animal Control. His microchip had a name and number, but the "phone number for the owner is no longer in service." Chicago Animal Control sent it to microchip hunters.
I found a couple of other numbers and emails for the owner Julio on file, but nothing was panning out, so I started trying to reach relatives.
Julio's niece answered the phone, and was surprised at my call. She said that her uncle Julio passed away a few years ago, and that Pepe was taken in by her 84 year old grandmother who adores Pepe. She didn't know Pepe was missing, and asked that I call her aunt Elizabeth (Julio's sister) to give her details of how to reclaim Pepe for her grandmother, so I did.
Elizabeth connected with Chicago Animal Control, and arranged to pick Pepe up. "He was so scared when I went to pick him up. He didn't even recognize me at first. He is very thin, but is home. We are so happy he is home, in time for Christmas"
Found 12/14/2020 Reunited 12/18/2020 Welcome home Pepe.
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Bibi is a cutie!
Chicago Animal Control didn't hear back from Bibi's owner after trying to reach her from her rabies tag. Her stray hold was up, and Microchip Hunters was able to reach a cousin, who said that her owner was looking for her! She passed along the information and her family went to reclaim her right away; she went home today after her spay.
Found 12/20/2020: Reunited 12/29/2020 Welcome home Bibi. We are so happy you went home!
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Sweet Lab Mix Lucy/Julie was taken in as a stray, and scanned for a microchip at the 16th district. It was a dead-end, and microchip hunters received a message for help reaching the owner.
I tried both numbers on the microchip, with no luck. Both the owner and alternate contact came up to Mississippi. The implant facility from 2013 was a humane society, also in Mississippi. I did some research, and found a number that turned out to be an ex of the alternate contact, and was given a new number to try and reach him.
Luis answered, and told me his ex-wife Shannon, the main contact on the microchip, owned Lucy, and he gave me her current number. Shannon was shocked to hear from me. "Wow, this is crazy, we loved that dog and had given up looking for her. It has been 4 years!" Shannon asked how much it would cost to get her back to Mississippi, and I told her I would look into it if she wanted her home, but I also told her that 'Lucy' looked very well cared for, and that someone is probably looking for her and missing her here in Chicago.
I spoke to Garrido from the 16th district, and let him know what was going on.
Overnight, 'Julie' was posted with us at Lost Dogs Illinois as lost, and matched to this found dog 'Lucy' - she does have a family here that loves and adores her. Garrido also received a call, and the new family provided adoption paperwork from an adoption event in 2015 where they legally adopted her.
How does this happen when she had a registered microchip???
- the phone number for the original owner was no longer current
- the phone number for the alternate contact had a number transposed so was not a working number for this contact
Is this a failure in the system??? Human error happens all the time.
- Owners need to be checking with the microchip company to make sure the information is input correctly.
- Stray hold facilities need to check for microchip information properly on intake, and if unable to reach an owner, www.microchiphelp.com is here to help
- Rescues, shelters, humane societies, adoption events, etc that are adopting out these pets need to check microchip information properly, and if unable to reach an owner, www.microchiphelp.com is here to help
- Adopters need to contact the microchip company right away, and provide paperwork to transfer ownership on the microchip; www.microchiphelp.com is here to help if unable to do so (it would be helpful if rescues/shelters/etc would include changing the microchip information over as part of the adoption process, still having the owner call to verify it is all correct, of course. In this case the microchip will always backtrack to the original humane society where Lucy came from, and not the shelter here in Illinois that adopted her out to Julie's family)
- Microchip companies need to verify that the registered owner isn't looking for this pet, www.microchiphelp.com is here to help with that too!
Thankfully, Lucy's owner is at peace knowing that she has found a home that took her in over 4 years ago, and loves her as much as they did. The children and family did want her back, but do not want to take her away from her new family. We hope this story brings awareness to things that need to be addressed, so that families missing their pets don't wait years to find out what happened to them.
Human error happens all the time; please check your pet's microchip information is correct directly with the chip company, so this doesn't ever happen to you. Lucy could have been reunited with her family in 2015 if they had contacted the microchip company when she went missing, and made sure the phone numbers were correct. She was transported from Mississippi to Illinois, leaving her family behind.
Julie's family is making sure the microchip is updated, and have an ID tag ordered for her collar as well! Thank you Garrido Stray Rescue Foundation for always checking with us on dead-end microchips!
Welcome home Julie! You are loved!
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Remember our request for help with calling a vet in Minsk? Thank you to a Chicago police officer named Hank for trying! He called and didn't get an answer at the vet.
Fortunately, the finder of Abdullah lived around the corner from his family, and was able to notify them that he was taken to Chicago Animal Care and Control. Abdullah came from a breeder from the Ukraine.
Abdullah's family made arrangements with CACC and picked him up, and microchip hunters contacted the family with guidance on registering his microchip.
He is now safe at home!
Found 11/18/2020 reunited 11/27/2020 Welcome home Abdullah
"It was a rough week"
Mona and her spouse lost their little dog Miracle on 11/22, and on 11/25 she ended up at Chicago Animal Control (CACC). Miracle had an unregistered microchip, and a phone number from Paws, the implant facility, was from 2012. This number wasn't a working phone number, so Microchip Help received this case.
A current email was found through some research, and Mona replied asking where she was and how she could pick her up! She sent an email to CACC with her photo ID and her spouse's information to pick Miracle up, since she had to be at work today.
"Thank u so much! We were hoping that if she was found that someone turned her in. It’s been a rough week wondering if she was somewhere warm or if she was being mistreated."
Missing 11/22/2020 At CACC 11/25/2020; Reunited 11/29/2020 Welcome home Miracle! Your people missed you.
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This senior dog was found and taken to Chicago Animal Control with a rabies tag from 2018. Cook County Animal Control was contacted but the paperwork wasn't on file with them. They supplied Chicago Animal Control with the name of the vet that they sold the tag to. Unfortunately, due to COVID, this vet is only open Thursday - Saturday, and Thursday happened to be a holiday.
Finally, five days later, on Friday, the animal hospital gave Chicago Animal Control the owner's information, however the phone number belonged to someone else, so they sent it to microchip help!
After doing some research, a number was found that was just one digit off! I sent a text with a photo of the found dog, and received a call within minutes. This gentleman was just so very happy to hear the news. "Duke disappeared, but his brother was still in the yard," so he thought someone stole Duke!
Albert doesn't have email, so I let him know that someone would be calling from animal control and to be expecting this call. CACC called Albert to set up a time to pick Duke up the next day. He is home. Albert said he will work on fattening him back up - he had lost some weight.
Found 11/22/2020 Reunited 11/28/2020 Welcome home Duke!
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Home after missing for 9 months, because she had a registered and up to date microchip!
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asked microchip hunters to check a microchip for a found toy Poodle, thank you! Ruben's wife found her in the street at midnight and called them for help.
When I pulled up this dog, she was flagged as missing since 2/10/2020. The microchip was originally registered in 2013, so I knew someone had this dog for at least 7 years.
Maria's number was current...she couldn't believe someone found Bella! Bella went missing 2 weeks before they moved from Chicago to Dixon, and they had to leave without her. They never heard from anyone, until now!
Maria picked Bella up Thursday, and said the family couldn't be happier. Thank you so much to Ruben and his wife for bringing her in, getting her scanned, and holding on to her for a couple of days so Maria could arrange the trip back to pick her up!
Missing 2/10/2020 Reunited 11/19/2020 Welcome home Bella
Maria said, “it was a blessing”
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