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