It was Sunday morning and Jeanette’s post about a case we received from microchip hunters popped up for Blacky nearing the end of his stray hold at Chicago Animal Care and Control, so I figured I could see what I could do. Blacky wasn’t chipped but he was wearing a tag with his name, phone number and address. The phone number was disconnected and when I researched it I couldn’t find a match between the number and address so I focused on the address which was in a western suburb. I spoke with the owner of the property who put me in contact with the current resident who said Blacky wasn’t their dog and that they’d lived at that address for over six years. He thought the previous residents still lived close by, but he didn’t know their names.
Seeing that the address was a dead-end I then focused on the phone number and sent messages out to six possible numbers mentioning Blacky and asking for information on how to contact Juanita. And I got a response!!! “Yes, can you tell me where he’s at? Is he ok? Can I come get him?” I called Orlando and explained to him that Blacky was at CACC. Orlando kept asking me how long had Blacky been there? I kept telling him about 2-3 days. He asked me over and over, how long has he been there??? Finally he explained that Blacky had been missing for over 3 years. He said that his sister had been in town with Blacky after the death of a close family member and somehow Blacky had gotten out of the house they were all staying at. That, while grieving over their recent loss of their family member, they were suddenly and frantically searching the streets for Blacky – but they never found him. And now …. Orlando wanted to rush down to claim Blacky right away so that he could surprise his sister!
I told Orlando that I would make sure CACC had his contact info and I passed his number along to Jeanette, who called him to be sure he knew what was needed to get Blacky picked up!
Jeanette then heard back from the owner, Angelica, who couldn't stop crying on the phone. She still lives in the western suburbs but happened to be visiting family yesterday. She and Orlando went to get Blacky right away, and her boys are so happy to have their little dog back home. They all love him so much! This family is been through tough times, and having Blacky back means the world to them.
Angelica also told Jeanette he looks ok healthwise and is chubby!
Welcome home sweet boy - you were missed!
***Photo of Blacky going home***