It really is a privilege to be able to help others.
Jack was taken to the Chicago Police Station and then taken to Chicago Animal Control. His microchip was registered but the phone number was not working.
Once CACC sent to Microchip Hunters, it was discovered that the owner was deceased, and it took some scouring of relatives but I was finally able to connect with both a sister and a mother through some found phone numbers. When the registered owner passed away over 4 years ago, Jack stayed with the son. Both the sister and mother were unable to find a working number for him, but after trying many numbers, I found some emails, and only one did not bounce back...that did the trick!
Richard called me and got very emotional. He saw my email. He had tied Jack up to a fence for 10 minutes to go up to talk to a friend and when he came out the leash was cut. He told me he thought someone stole Jack, and he is everything to him. He said I 'saved his life.' Richard had contacted the vet that microchipped Jack to help get the chip information sorted out, but it wasn't updated yet.
Richard is going through some very tough times; he didn't have any money to pay for the reclaim and had a bus pass to get to CACC but no ride back to where he stays currently since he would have Jack with him. We (Lost Dogs Illinois/Microchip Hunters) told Richard the fee would be paid by Lost Dogs Illinois (thanks to our fans), and that we could pay for an Uber and/or see if anyone could help transport after the reclaim. I told him Jack was safe.
I reached out to some people, and quickly heard back from Michelle that her boyfriend Joel could pick Richard and Jack up and get them back to where they stay! It is so amazing that they were willing to help, no questions asked.
Jack went home with Richard the next day, shortly after Chicago Animal Care and Control opened. He received his vaccinations there, but was already neutered, so the wait wasn't too long. " I got out of there around 2:00 and Joel was already there waiting for me. Thank you again for arranging the ride. Joel is a really nice guy and I really appreciate the ride. Jack was so excited when he saw me it made everything that was dark turn light. Thank you again."
We are so happy to be able to help dogs and families stay together.
"Thank you for everything you have done for us. In a time of crisis, it's hard to know if I'm making the right decisions or not, so having people like you in the world makes a big difference."
It is a privilege to be able to help these families, and I feel so blessed to be able to be a small part of it. Thank you to everyone for their part in this reunion!
Welcome home Jack, you have no idea how much you are loved.
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