Thank you to the Berkeley Animal Center in South Carolina for sending a microchip that went back to Japan to Microchip Hunters for help! This was a longshot, and we are so happy this little Shiba Inu was able to get home!
Kitsune's family sent this email: "Thank you for solving the mystery of the chip! We have our little Kitsune back! She went on quiet the adventure. Her short little legs took her a good five miles away. It was a super hot day. We were worried she stopped for a drink at one of ponds and was taken by an alligator. Kids are excited she's coming home. "
Here is the background of how Microchip Hunters found the family: I checked the microchip number and confirmed it was a chip to Japan. The manufacturer in Japan emailed me back and had no information but told me it may be registered to another site. I tried this site and meanwhile, decided to see if the town she was found in had a military base. Sure enough it did, and I was able to contact the vet clinic on base. They still had a Japan address and contact number, but were able to provide me a name and email for the owner! I thought this was a longshot but was so happy to have something to work with!
The microchip company did get back to me with the same, an address and number only to Japan...
The next day, I heard back from Kitsune's family through the email the vet clinic provided! They said they moved back to the US two months ago! They asked where and when they can pick her up, and made arrangements with Berkeley to get her home!
Glad your adventure ended well Kitsune, and that your family loves you so much!!!
We advised to register the microchip to a registry here in the United States as well!!!
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