When Chicago Animal Care and Control tried to call Rocky's family, the phone just rang and rang. It was an unregistered microchip, but PAWS Chicago had owner information from microchipping Rocky at a clinic. The alternate number Paws had was disconnected.
Microchip help also tried the number, and wasn't able to get a voicemail or an answer, so began researching the owner.
The owner was elderly, and didn't have a whole lot of other numbers to try, but I tried some family members, associates and neighbors. I also sent an email to Lois.
I tried the phone number that just rang and rang for a couple of days, at various times of the day, just in case. It worked! I finally received an answer.
I could tell the gentleman that answered the phone was elderly too. He said Lois had heart surgery and has been in the hospital for 6 days, and will be for a couple more weeks. "He is our cat," he said, "can you please drop him off here?" He doesn't drive, and takes the bus to be with Lois in the hospital every day. He just got home. He also said he wouldn't have all of the reclaim fee right away.
I told the sweet man that we could see about helping with the reclaim fee, and he told me he would let Lois know he wouldn't get there to see her Friday. He was going to take the bus to be to CACC right at noon to get Rocky. He said he will bring his carrier. Real Estate to the Rescue of Homeless Animals Chicago stepped up for us, and paid Rocky's reclaim fee, and Rocky was picked up as promised!
I could feel this man's love for Rocky; the sadness that he was missing was loud and clear. It was so nice to be able to part of this happy reunion.
We hope Lois is back home with the family soon too.
Found 10/13/2019; Reunited 10/18/2019. Welcome home Rocky. You are loved.
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