"Not all stray dogs are homeless"
Poor Dottie appeared to be abandoned in an industrial area. Many sightings of this dog were noted and a good samaritan, out of the goodness of her heart, went out to trap this dog who didn't want anything to do with anyone.
Once trapped, Cook County Animal and Rabies Control (CCARC) was contacted. Dottie had a microchip, and it was registered to an owner! She is over 9 years old, and CCARC was hopeful she had a family to go home to, but had no luck reaching the family from the numbers on file. They went to the address on the microchip and spoke with neighbors that remembered Dottie, but said that this family moved out 6 years ago and they had no other information. Thank you CCARC for spending days researching this microchip. No luck. Dottie was taken to Evanston Animal Hospital for her stray hold.
Animal Control contacted Microchip Hunters for help!
After double checking owner information, I was able to find a working phone number for George very quickly! I asked if he was missing a Cane Corso. He said yes, my dog went missing 2 or 3 years ago! George now lives in Gary, Indiana. He was so happy to get this call! He said he would figure out how to get there.
I contacted CCARC to let them know I was successful reaching Dottie's family and that he wanted her home. Thank you to all that reported the sightings, the Good Samaritan that trapped her safely, Evanston Animal Shelter and CCARC for working together and taking her in, the ACO that spent the time researching to find her family, and to animal control for sharing to Microchip Hunters to make contact with her family! When Evanston Animal Shelter spoke to George he asked to pick her up Monday since he was working all weekend but then said his wife couldn’t wait and she drove down from Gary, IN to pick her up!
George and his wife are just so happy to have Dottie home! They gave her a bath, and she is settling right in.
"She was extremely happy to see me and my wife. I will send you a picture after we give her a bath. I'm so grateful for all your help thank you so much once again." It turns out she went missing closer to 5 years ago, what a happy reunion.
Not all stray dogs are homeless. Even though a dog appears abandoned, a family may be broken-hearted and waiting for them to come home, just like Dottie's family was waiting for her.
Welcome home Dottie girl, you are loved!
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REUNION VIDEO link from Evanston Animal Shelter "Their reunion was a beautiful one and we’re so happy this sweet girl is spending the night in her rightful home with her family who loves her more than anything" https://www.facebook.com/549032201/videos/1373539176472839/
*Dottie’s microchip will be updated!*