Microchip Hunters have come across their share of human error: microchip number registered to a pet that doesn't match the description of the found pet, the phone number entered in the system has a transposed number, an incorrect microchip number submitted, contact information not entered at the implant facility correctly, etc.
This was the case with Snow, a young little white Chihuahua.
We received this case from Chicago Animal Care and Control, with a microchip number that wasn't registered. Taking a closer look, I realized if I changed one of the microchip numbers, it would belong to Petlink and decided to give it a try.
When I researched the microchip using the Petlink format, the pet information matched the dog at CACC! I contacted the owner, Martha, from her updated found animals registration, and was told she had to rehome Snow a couple of months ago because the landlord told her tenants were complaining of her barking. She asked if she was ok, and where she was, and gave me the phone number of the girl she had rehomed Snow to. I sent her the photo to confirm this was her as well, and she sent me many photos back! She also told me she has her shot and spay records and that she is registered with Paws for Life!
I contacted the second owner, and she said her grandmother was taking care of Snow, and that she didn't know she was missing, but that she would pick her up the next day. Martha also contacted her.
Late the next afternoon, Martha contacted me to find out if Snow was picked up, and I told her she was not. She had doubts from her conversation that this new owner was going to be able to keep Snow. Martha and her son really missed Snow. They got her when she was a tiny puppy.
Martha talked to her landlord and he agreed to allow Snow back - her lease is up soon and she will be moving to another apartment that allows dogs. Because of the reclaim fee and her moving expenses, Martha let me know she wouldn't be able to pick Snow up until payday Wednesday. Lost Dogs Illinois stepped up and offered to pay the reclaim fee, and Martha and her son went to CACC when they opened to get her home!
"She is so happy! When she saw me at the shelter she lit up. They said that's the happiest she has been!"
"Thanks for helping with the fee I had to buy her some things."
Welcome home Snow! You all sure look happy!
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