Markham Animal Clinic posted about a dog that was hit by a car and taken to their clinic. "Coco has a laceration and some other minor injuries but there are no fractures."
Microchip Hunters was tagged on this, and reached out to the clinic. Microchip Hunters was able to contact
P.A.W.S. Tinley Park
where Coco was adopted, and received owner information. Coco's microchip information was also registered and current, and we were able to call the owner. She didn't know where Coco was, and was so happy to hear he was found.
Coco went home just last night, we hope he gets well quickly! His owner said he was so so happy to see his mama. She missed him so much. He was part of their family for 8 years, and the owner said how much they realized he was a family member after he went missing.
Get well quickly little Coco - we will be thinking of you and wishing you a speedy recovery! Thank you Markham for taking care of Coco, and Thank you Paws Tinley Park for all your help and concern as well!!!
Found 1/5/2021 Reunited 1/11/2021 Welcome home Coco
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Bella's microchip led to a disconnected phone number. Chicago Animal Control sent Microchip Help the microchip to work on!
Microchip Hunters was able to reach a niece of the owner by email, and she replied, "yes we are looking for her." She asked where she was found so we provided that, along with the information on where to email to make arrangements to pick Bella up. There was no reponse for a little while.
The next day, our volunteer received word from the owner! Bella went missing from them 2 years ago! They had had her for 3 years. She was home, and said that she is so happy that the microchip worked!
We are so happy too, Bella looked to be well cared for so went home feeling good.
Staff at Chicago Animal Control said, "she was so excited to see her owner"
Found 1/7/2020 Reunited 1/9/2020 Welcome back home Bella, we are glad you are back where you belong!
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We are very proud of these stats from microchip help!
In 2020, Microchip Hunters Illinois received 353 dead-end microchip/rabies tag cases.
Microchip Hunters were able to personally reach 214 owners (60.6%), 29 owners were found before we made contact (8.2%), we did not hear back from 76 owners (21.5%), and we were unable to find any owner information for 34 pets (9.6%).
Because of our group, 143 dogs and cats went home with their families (40.5%) in 2020 that may not have otherwise; 67% of owners we reached reclaimed their pets!!!
Please spread the word about our free services - we would love to help get more pets home! www.microchiphelp.com
¨24 Pet Watch has dog named as “Hillary” and owner address from Texas. No phone and no Email. We found dog in Lockport/Crest Hill area. No records in our system with owner name¨
Microchip Hunters were able to find a match to the name and previous address, to a recent address in Lockport! We reached the owner, and Hillary and her family recently moved to the area. She had been missing since Friday.
Hillary was picked up and now home, and her microchip information will be updated. Lost Dogs Illinois also sent her a new ID tag for her collar, in case she runs off again.
Found/Missing 12/11/2020 Reunited 12/15/2020 Welcome home Hillary!
¨Last week, I was contacted about 2 stray dogs that were living in a truck yard, but many people were unable to catch. Cindy and I headed out there with our traps and good food and secured the clearly bonded girls within an hour.
To our surprise and happiness, both girls were chipped to the same home. Chicago Animal Care and Control attempted to contact the owner, but the number went straight to voicemail and they left a message and sent it to chip hunters.
I was happy to take on this case because I just knew whoever owned them loved them so much. I started by using the address, left voicemails on the owner’s number and texted and left voicemails on the numbers of a few siblings. Cindy reached out to me and let me know she found a post of the girls on an unknown Lost dog site, and I verified the owner information on the chip was correct with what was posted.
About an hour passed and I received a text from the owner‘s sibling with their mom’s phone number. We connected and she let me know the owner was likely at work but that he was going to be so relieved because Beauty & Twinky were missing since November 1st and he was so distraught. Just a bit later, the owner called and let me know his normal phone wasn’t holding a charge so he had a different number. He was elated and I conveyed the information for redeeming them from animal control.
I’m so grateful that Chicago Animal Care and Control has allowed the partnership with Microchip Hunters; Beauty & Twinky are beautiful, loved family members and by allowing us to research owner information, we got them home as soon as possible. These girls stuck together for a month on the streets and are lucky they came across friendly workers who fed them daily and alerted CACC. One person can make a difference in the life of a stray, and owners need to never give up on their lost dog because their will to survive is always strong.¨
Microchip Hunters was able to help get Rocko home from Chicago Animal Control by finding owner information through a Petco facility!
After sharing the information for the family, Chicago Animal Control was able to call and get an appointment for his family to get him home.
Found 12/12/2020 Reunited 12/14/2020 Welcome home Rocko
Pepe was found as a stray, and taken to Chicago Animal Control. His microchip had a name and number, but the "phone number for the owner is no longer in service." Chicago Animal Control sent it to microchip hunters.
I found a couple of other numbers and emails for the owner Julio on file, but nothing was panning out, so I started trying to reach relatives.
Julio's niece answered the phone, and was surprised at my call. She said that her uncle Julio passed away a few years ago, and that Pepe was taken in by her 84 year old grandmother who adores Pepe. She didn't know Pepe was missing, and asked that I call her aunt Elizabeth (Julio's sister) to give her details of how to reclaim Pepe for her grandmother, so I did.
Elizabeth connected with Chicago Animal Control, and arranged to pick Pepe up. "He was so scared when I went to pick him up. He didn't even recognize me at first. He is very thin, but is home. We are so happy he is home, in time for Christmas"
Found 12/14/2020 Reunited 12/18/2020 Welcome home Pepe.
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Chicago Animal Control didn't hear back from Bibi's owner after trying to reach her from her rabies tag. Her stray hold was up, and Microchip Hunters was able to reach a cousin, who said that her owner was looking for her! She passed along the information and her family went to reclaim her right away; she went home today after her spay.
Found 12/20/2020: Reunited 12/29/2020 Welcome home Bibi. We are so happy you went home!
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Sweet Lab Mix Lucy/Julie was taken in as a stray, and scanned for a microchip at the 16th district. It was a dead-end, and microchip hunters received a message for help reaching the owner.
I tried both numbers on the microchip, with no luck. Both the owner and alternate contact came up to Mississippi. The implant facility from 2013 was a humane society, also in Mississippi. I did some research, and found a number that turned out to be an ex of the alternate contact, and was given a new number to try and reach him.
Luis answered, and told me his ex-wife Shannon, the main contact on the microchip, owned Lucy, and he gave me her current number. Shannon was shocked to hear from me. "Wow, this is crazy, we loved that dog and had given up looking for her. It has been 4 years!" Shannon asked how much it would cost to get her back to Mississippi, and I told her I would look into it if she wanted her home, but I also told her that 'Lucy' looked very well cared for, and that someone is probably looking for her and missing her here in Chicago.
I spoke to Garrido from the 16th district, and let him know what was going on.
Overnight, 'Julie' was posted with us at Lost Dogs Illinois as lost, and matched to this found dog 'Lucy' - she does have a family here that loves and adores her. Garrido also received a call, and the new family provided adoption paperwork from an adoption event in 2015 where they legally adopted her.
How does this happen when she had a registered microchip???
- the phone number for the original owner was no longer current
- the phone number for the alternate contact had a number transposed so was not a working number for this contact
Is this a failure in the system??? Human error happens all the time.
- Owners need to be checking with the microchip company to make sure the information is input correctly.
- Stray hold facilities need to check for microchip information properly on intake, and if unable to reach an owner, www.microchiphelp.com is here to help
- Rescues, shelters, humane societies, adoption events, etc that are adopting out these pets need to check microchip information properly, and if unable to reach an owner, www.microchiphelp.com is here to help
- Adopters need to contact the microchip company right away, and provide paperwork to transfer ownership on the microchip; www.microchiphelp.com is here to help if unable to do so (it would be helpful if rescues/shelters/etc would include changing the microchip information over as part of the adoption process, still having the owner call to verify it is all correct, of course. In this case the microchip will always backtrack to the original humane society where Lucy came from, and not the shelter here in Illinois that adopted her out to Julie's family)
- Microchip companies need to verify that the registered owner isn't looking for this pet, www.microchiphelp.com is here to help with that too!
Thankfully, Lucy's owner is at peace knowing that she has found a home that took her in over 4 years ago, and loves her as much as they did. The children and family did want her back, but do not want to take her away from her new family. We hope this story brings awareness to things that need to be addressed, so that families missing their pets don't wait years to find out what happened to them.
Human error happens all the time; please check your pet's microchip information is correct directly with the chip company, so this doesn't ever happen to you. Lucy could have been reunited with her family in 2015 if they had contacted the microchip company when she went missing, and made sure the phone numbers were correct. She was transported from Mississippi to Illinois, leaving her family behind.
Julie's family is making sure the microchip is updated, and have an ID tag ordered for her collar as well! Thank you Garrido Stray Rescue Foundation for always checking with us on dead-end microchips!
Welcome home Julie! You are loved!
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Remember our request for help with calling a vet in Minsk? Thank you to a Chicago police officer named Hank for trying! He called and didn't get an answer at the vet.
Fortunately, the finder of Abdullah lived around the corner from his family, and was able to notify them that he was taken to Chicago Animal Care and Control. Abdullah came from a breeder from the Ukraine.
Abdullah's family made arrangements with CACC and picked him up, and microchip hunters contacted the family with guidance on registering his microchip.
He is now safe at home!
Found 11/18/2020 reunited 11/27/2020 Welcome home Abdullah