Maggie is a tiny dog with a huge heart. Two teenagers out for a walk heard her cries from a dumpster that she had been tossed into. There was a noose around her neck, with the end of the rope tied to the top rail of the dumpster. Fortunately, the level of trash was high enough to break Maggie's fall, and the teenagers rescued her before a storm rolled through that night, and before the trash was collected the next day.
The finders posted on on Lost Dogs of Texas, but nobody claimed her. Twisted Tails Animal Rescue stepped in. Maggie was unable to walk or go to the bathroom on her own. A veterinary exam showed an infection in her back. When that was treated, Maggie immediately began to improve. She is now enjoying life and has acquired a broad base of fans who covered her vet bills.
Two goals remain for Maggie: First, a forever home when she's ready. She already has several potential adopters.
Finally, Twisted Tails wants to assure justice for Maggie. Animal cruelty is now a felony in Texas, punishable with fines and even imprisonment. Maggie's microchip provided an important clue: Microchip Hunters traced it to an adoptive owner who reported Maggie had died the same time Maggie was found in the dumpster.
The investigation is on-going. Her microchip may provide rescuers with the story Maggie can't tell for herself. Happily, her story continues with snuggles and lots of love.
Microchip Hunters work so hard to get pets back home to their families. Sometimes we just don't get a response from the owner, even though we are sure we have contacted a correct phone number or email we have come up with. This time, we wanted to share this ending, it is a happy one!
After trying for days to reach Zuzu's registered owner by leaving voicemails,texts and emails to her and family members, I finally called the rescue she came from to see if they had information on her that we didn't. I wasn't expecting the response I got, and ended my call in tears. Happy tears.
Zuzu's rescue, Lois from Mixed up Mutts, had taken Zuzu from a humane society in 2018, and it took months for her to let Lois pet her. She sent me the article on how Zuzu was found with 12 other dogs found from a hoarding situation, along with a bunch of adorable photos of Zuzu at her home with her.
Zuzu was a terrified little girl, and Lois was so upset to hear that she was at Chicago Animal Care and Control, but was so glad we called her. She told me she would reach out to the adopters too, but if she didn't hear back in 24 hours she would come from South Bend Indiana to pick her up at Chicago Animal Care and Control, and that is what she did.
"She's not an easy adoption, she is very scared. She still has a spot on my bed reserved."
Lois told me, "Unless someone I know and trust wants to adopt her, she won't be going anywhere ever again. She's been through enough for one lifetime!"
Zuzu is now back with Lois and both are super happy about it!
You are loved Zuzu, and one lucky lucky girl!!!
***Photo of Zuzu at CACC and on her way back home***
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Chicago Animal Care and Control sent Sylvester's microchip information to us at Microchip Hunters: "The first number is disconnected; Second number just rings and never goes to voicemail"
Home at Last! The found Pitbull Mix from#Chicago #IL is home safe and sound! His name is Thor and he was happy to see his family!
Thank you to the Garrido Stray Rescue Foundationand the 16th District Chicago Police Departmentfor posting Thor found with us on#LostDogsIllinois, and also for sharing the microchip information to #MicrochipHunters to help find his family!
When I looked up Thor's microchip information, it came up as an UNREGISTERED Avid microchip, but I saw that Delta Animal Hospital was listed as the implant facility. Being Labor Day, I called Delta Animal Hospital assuming I wouldn't get anyone to answer today, but would leave a message that we were looking for owner information on this sweetheart. so we would hear first thing in the morning. I let Garrido's know this too.
Just a few minutes later, I received a call from Delta Animal Hospital. They checked on the microchip, and said they would try and contact the owner and call me back. They left a message for the owner, but called me back and gave me the owner information just in case. I too left a vm and text to the number provided.
I went to post this to our microchip hunter group, and when I put the number into Avid again, it showed that the owner just registered the microchip! I tried a second number that was listed and Stephanie answered that phone number right away! She said she realized that her family probably never registered the chip, so decided she would do it now. I heard back from the first number I called too - and let her know I had spoken to Stephanie.
It is NEVER too late to check if your microchip is registered or up to date! You never know when someone will check for information again!
Thor was picked up at the 16th District Chicago Police Department, who always keeps our found pets safe and cared for. Stephanie texted me, "My husband went to pick up Thor. He told me Thor was very scared. Thanks again for your help."
Found 9/1/2019; Reunited 9/2/2019. Welcome home Thor!
***Lost and reunited photo below***
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I was asked if I could find this 14 year old Cocker Spaniel's family. Her name was Lady, and she was at Chicago Animal Care and Control on her very last day of her stray hold. She was there 6 days already. She was plump, so looked well fed and healthy. She had fleas and received a treatment for that at CACC. This 'friend' really hoped her family wanted her home.
I pulled the owner information up from the microchip, and called Kim. . I saw that Lady was found less than a block from her home. The voicemail box was full and was not receiving messages. Just as I hung up to text, my phone rang, and it was Kim calling back. I asked her about Lady, and if she knew she was at animal control. She said she had received a letter, but told me she wasn't able to pay this fee at this time, so I let her know Lost Dogs Illinois could assist with that if she was able to care for Lady and wanted her home, but that she would have to pick Lady up that same day, by 7 pm. Her stray hold was ending.
Kim said, "Yes, she is a good dog. We really miss her. Our other dog really misses her too. I will try and find a ride to get there today. Thank you so much for helping me! I'm sure I can get someone to take me over there. I don't live too far away." I told Kim we would help her with transportation if she couldn't get there.
I let Chicago Animal Care and Control know what the situation was and that Lost Dogs Illinois would pay her redemption fee. When I checked pet harbors site that evening, I saw that Lady was still there. My heart sank.
Early the next morning, I received a call from Kim. She said, my daughter is off today and is picking me up now to go get Lady. I let Chicago Animal Care and Control know this, but since her hold was up, she had already been picked up to go to Paws Chicago for adoption. Kim was in the parking lot waiting for CACC to open when I found this out. I called to let her know where Lady was going, and to give her the address.
We contacted PAWS Chicago, and they were wonderful. They were expecting Kim, and when she got there, Lady was crazy happy to see her! Paws asked that Kim leave her there overnight just so she can get a vet exam before she goes home. Kim thought that was terrific, and her other dog and her family anxiously awaited for tomorrow to come! They offered to help her with the flea situation too!
We are so glad that we were contacted about Lady. Thank you so much to Paws Chicago for realizing that Lady needed to go home to her rightful owner. It takes a village, but it also takes compassion.
Found 8/21/2019; Back home 8/30/2019
Welcome home Little Lady, you were missed by your family.
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This little girl was dropped of at Chicago Animal Care and Control (CACC) on Friday, August 23rd as a stray. She had an AKC microchip. Some breeders put a privacy hold on their information, so if the microchip doesn't get registered by the owner, the microchip company isn't allowed to give out the breeder information (implanter) to anyone calling in. Sally's microchip was one of these cases, and Chicago Animal Control sent this to microchip hunters for help.
I called AKC Sunday morning, and gave them the microchip number. I was told the same thing...we can't give the breeder information out, BUT they told me they will try to contact the breeder and let them know to call me if they have information on who they adopted the dog to.
Monday morning, I got a call from Aly, the breeder! She had all the information for Sally's owner, Shernice. I spoke with Shernice and she told me she would be going to get Sally right after work, and she did!! Sally, however, had to stay one more day so she could be spayed, but is now home!
We are so glad CACC sent this to us, that AKC reached out to the breeder, and that the breeder had all the information we needed to get Sally back to her family.
Welcome home Sally! Found 8/23/2019; Reunited 8/27/2019. You are adorable - you needed to go home <3
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This beautiful boy was found in #Chicago #IL on 8/21/2019. The finder, Jesse did all the right things to get him home!
He took this sweetheart to a vet to get scanned for a microchip, and was told it was a dead-end, unregistered chip.
After posting on a neighborhood page, Jesse was suggested to register with Lost Dogs Illinois and to submit the microchip information to us at microchip hunters!
I checked the microchip information, and found that the microchip was implanted in Miami and was able to get the owner information from the Miami-Dade County Animal Services.
I left voicemails and texts in English and in Spanish, and looked up the address! I asked another Lost Dogs Illinois volunteer, Ray, to help post flyers near his address because she lived nearby. I also asked another volunteer, Mayra, to leave a message in Spanish for me on the voicemail just in case! I kept trying to find any way to contact Juan!
After 4 days, I was shocked to hear from Juan! He spoke perfect English. He had gotten a new phone, and finally was able to listen to my messages on his non-working phone! He has a new phone number and address. Juan said, "I heard you found my dog! Someone left the door open and he got out! We were so worried about him!" He was happy to hear that he was with a finder, and Jesse the finder contacted him right away!
Jesse said, "our pup and us are sad to say goodbye to such a sweet boy, but he was over the moon when he saw his dad."
Thank you so much for taking care of Shadow Jesse, and all you did to get him back to his family. Juan called me to let me know how happy Shadow and he are, and to say thanks.
Welcome home Shadow from Miami...found 8/21/2019; reunited 8/26/2019. You bring love to all that know you.
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Princess was taken to Chicago Animal Care and Control, and her microchip information was sent to Microchip Hunters.
After getting owner information, I called the phone number for Guadalupe but it was a landline and there was no answer, so an email was sent. In the meantime, I found a phone number for Guadalupe's sister Diana, and she called back right away. She told me her father was watching Princess, and that Guadalupe was in Mexico for a couple more weeks.
I spoke with the father, and he said he didn't tell his daughters that Princess got out of the yard, because he knew how upset they would be. He was very happy to get this call that she was found, but needed some help with the fees, so Lost Dogs Illinois was able to help pay the reclaim fee. I let the family know what was needed for CACC to release Princess to the father.
I received an email today from Guadalupe, all the way from Mexico, "Thank you for your help. Princess is now home."
Welcome home Princess; you are loved!
A found dog was shared to a neighborhood page, and getting him home was a group effort!
The microchip information was sent to Microchip Hunters Illinois. The chip was not registered, but thankfully the implanter was Chicago Animal Care and Control and they were able to provide the owner information so we can get him home!
I called the owner, Manuela and gave her the wonderful news that Cookie was with a good samaritan and that they will call her later in the day!
Cookie went home today - he and his family are very happy, especially Manuela's sisters! They thought they wouldn't get him back.
Thanks to Mayra for sending this chip information Microchip Hunters, Cindy for sharing the found post, and to the finder for taking care of Cookie and getting him to his family that loves him.
Welcome home Cookie - you were missed
Found 8/17/2019; Reunited 8/20/2019
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Lost Dogs Illinois/Microchip Hunters was able to find the owner for this microchipped girl at Chicago Animal Care and Control. She had one microchip registered with two companies, but the older one was an owner transfer with no new information.
Her current owner had a voicemail with a message in Chinese...
By texting a photo and a message in English and Chinese using google translate, the owner was able to call me back. His English wasn't too bad and we were able to communicate, but I texted the address to him with all the information he needed to pick Delilah up. I could hear the concern in his voice, and he wanted to know if she was ok. He said she was missing for two days.
Delilah was picked up and is back home! Her owner Cheng is so happy and thankful for the help finding her.
Thank you Jim H. for making sure she was safe and went to CACC to get home!
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