A case came through to Microchip Hunters today, from a Good Samaritan in Florida. It was an unregistered microchip with a microchip to an unknown manufacturer.
I had my doubts but tried some puppy stores and Petland in a nearby town, as I have seen these types of chips at these stores before here in Illinois.
I was shocked to get a reply from Petland in Sarasota, "Yes, this is our chip." She provided me owner information that went to the daughter of this Great Pyrenees. The daughter wasn't aware Horton had gotten out, but contacted the finder to share her father's information, and Horton went home!
Melissa, the finder, said he was a sweetheart, and that the owner lives on the next street over. "Thank you soooooo much, you are a saving grace."
We think Melissa was the saving grace...
(The microchip information was provided to the daughter to get Horton registered)
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Microchip Hunters received an email from Nassau County Animal Services Florida regarding a microchipped cat.
We only knew the microchip number and that he was
found in Yulee FL. Shelter staff advised the chip was from Germany, but could trace it no further.
Our volunteer Jeanette researched the German manufacturer and emailed for owner information. The company wrote her back with the owner’s name, but said the address was in Germany, and the dog was named “Juan.” Jeanette hoped that the language barrier was responsible for turning a cat into a dog!
Jeanette did a background search using the owner's name, but used Yulee, FL as the town and state since the cat was found there. She found a match in a nearby town, and saw there were relatives in Yulee FL so was hopeful this was the owner! She posted this information to the Microchip Hunter group and Microchip Hunter volunteer Ann took it from there.
Ann saw that there was a relative with an unusual surname and checked Facebook for that name. There were only three matches. They lived in Florida and had attended school in Germany. She looked up the German school and it was less than ten miles from the town in Germany that was listed on Juan’s chip. There had to be a connection! She checked their friend list on Facebook and the owner's name was there. Ann was 100% sure this was Juan the cat’s family.
Ann sent the owner a message on Facebook, but it didn't appear that she or her relative were active there, so she sent a text. Per Ann: “The text response was quick, but short and didn't really answer my question. I sent a photo of the kitty and still got no response. A few minutes later, I asked if they were from Germany. They immediately responded in German. I used Google translate to send a message again saying the kitty was found and asked about Jessica, who was the owner. They said that the kitty has been missing for two years."
"I immediately got a text from the owner. She said her friend told her that her cat was found and yes they came from Germany and the cat's name was Juan, and she was ‘sooooooo happy.’
Two years before, Juan had gotten away from a petsitter. This was shortly before Hurricane Irma, so she thought Juan was dead.”
Juan has been picked up and is now home after 2 years!!! We wish we knew where he has been!!!
Nassau County Animal Shelter staff did a great job on this microchip. They knew the chip was International, but they just did not have the time or expertise to track down the owner. Shelter staff can’t make a time commitment like this one. It took the Microchip Hunters hours of research.
Welcome home Juan!!! You have been through a lot!!!
Check out the flyer that got this 15 year old Schipperke home, and the adorable reunion photo!
Carolina, a good samaritan in Florida, found this little senior Schipperke and knew he had to be missed! She registered him on helpinglostpets.com so he could be posted on the Lost Dogs Floridapage. She took him in to get him scanned for a microchip, and because it was unregistered, sent it to microchiphelp.com so #microchiphunterscan try and help get this little sweetie home.
It was an unregistered AVID chip, that was implanted by an animal hospital in Texas. This animal hospital had no owner information for us. This truly was a dead end microchip.
I got back to Carolina, and let her know we couldn't help track the owner through the microchip, but suggested she get flyers out in the area he was lost. Carolina is wonderful, and said she was at work, but would get flyers out after work. She told me, " I'm so sure they are looking for him he is such a gentle old man. He ate well and is sleeping in a crate while I'm at work. He doesn't bark or whine."
A few hours later, I received a text, "FOUND THE OWNER!!!!," and a photo that followed. It was a photo of a handwritten flyer, shown below. Carolina was so happy! She said the flyer was up at the exact location she found him, and that Julio was coming to pick him up early evening. "He got him from a breeder in Texas at the age of one. He is now a 15 year old senior. He is so happy. He said he will be responsible and register him."
Carson is now home! Julio was overjoyed that he was safe and cared for. Carolina told me, "Thanks so much for the support! It meant a lot to know I had a team looking for his owners with me." Thank YOU Carolina. We all appreciate what you did for little Carson.
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Luna is home after 9 days!!!
Jack, a good samaritan from Florida, took in a beautiful lost cat , and had her scanned for a microchip. He decided to send it to us at#MicrochipHunters after registering the cat onhelpinglostpets.com, and trying to find her owner for several days. Her name is Luna.
I emailed Jack after receiving the case to confirm he was still holding on to Luna, and to let him know I would be trying to find her family. His message back to me was that he contacted the number associated with her microchip, and got a call back from someone saying he was bothering his son, and that they didn’t know anything about a cat. He wanted to let me know not to call that number.
I did my usual searches, and began calling and texting anyone related to the registered owner, and finally, the father of the owner answered the phone. He told me he would let his son know to call me, but that he didn't know of his son having a cat. I wasn't hopeful that I would hear back from anyone.
Late evening, I received a call. It was from a friend of the current owner. She explained that the father did connect with his son, and that the cat was actually the son's cat, together with his girlfriend. They broke up, and agreed the girlfriend would keep the cat. She told me they were looking for her and asked about picking her up. I emailed the finder to call me to relay the information to him and give him the phone number to make arrangements to get Luna home. He was very happy to hear this good news, and I could tell very relieved.
I received a text from Jack shortly after, saying Luna is on her way home. He made someone very happy.
Thank you Jack for taking such good care of Luna, getting her scanned, posting on helpinglostpets, and sending this case to microchiphelp.com. You are wonderful!
***Here is what Jack had to say when updating Luna to "Back Home" on helpinglostpets***
"The cat was lost just before the owner moved, and the phone number listed for the microchip was to an old home.
Lost and Found Pets of Tallahassee (through Microchip Hunters) was able to drill down and find an owner with out of date contact information within a day of posting there. I wish I had gone to them first, they did what Nextdoor, the City's Animal Services, and the Humane Society were not able to."
*Photo of Luna reunited with her family*
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