Buddy made it home with the help of microchip hunters, in more than one way! He was found in the middle of the night roaming in Chicago by one of our microchip hunters, Katie! She made sure he made it safe to Chicago Animal Care and Control. She then reached out to our microchip hunters group to get owner information from the microchip, and when the number provided didn't work, she was able to contact through facebook and get a working number!
Buddy was picked up the next day and all are happy he is home! Found 11/23/19; Reunited 11/24/2019. Welcome home sweet boy!!!
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Dandy was brought into Chicago Animal Care and Control on 11/14/19. He was micro-chipped but the phone number listed did not match or was changed.
Microchip Hunters were given the case. The family business was located, and a volunteer was able to match Dandy's found location within a block of a business associated with Dandy's family.
We were able to locate Dandy's family immediately through the business, and learned that Dandy got out on 11/14/19. His daddy immediately rushed to CACC to look for him and was told that he was not there.
Dandy has been the family dog since he was a puppy. His family brings him to work daily with them. Sadly some of the employees are not vigilant with making sure that the gate is shut all the way when they come and go. They were overjoyed and rushed to get him.
Dandy's microchip is now updated, dog tags ordered and a sign will be placed on the gate to remind workers to be sure to close the gate.
Welcome home Dandy! You are a beautiful boy!
It was such a relief to hear that Moose was still in his home of 11 years. Chicago Animal Care and Control asked microchip hunters for help finding the owner of this boy adopted in 2008. The owner's phone number was disconnected.
When I started researching the name and number, I found that the owner had passed in 2017, and my heart sank. I was hoping so much to be able to find that Moose was still living with family!
There weren't too many immediate family members to try, so I started to reach out to others at the address. It brought me so much joy when Jonathon answered and told me he still lives in his aunt's home with Moose, and that someone left the gate open. It was such good news for him to hear he was found, and he sent a friend today while he was working because he wanted Moose home right away.
Jonathon sent me these adorable back home photos to share!
"Thank you so much, and I really appreciate what you do"
Found 11/14/2019; Reunited 11/17/2019. Welcome home Moose! We are so happy you are home where you belong.
Thank you CACC for sending to microchiphelp!
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This big boy was found in #Chicago #IL and Garrido Stray Rescue Foundation took him in to help find his family!
They found a microchip that had migrated, posted him as found here with #LostDogsIllinois, and submitted the microchip information so that Microchip Hunters could help research the unregistered microchip!
The microchip company, AKC, was unable to provide me the breeder information, as it was private, but they told me they were going to reach out to them and ask that they call me. I didn't hear back, and I called a couple of times over the next few days. AKC said they still didn't get any response from the breeder on file.
I was able to obtain the email address for the breeder, and then research a number associated to this email! This breeder had the owner information for me, but when I called, the owner told me he and his girlfriend,Kieu, are no longer together and that she owns him! He said he would get contact information for me,and that he hadn't seen him in years and would love a photo. He spoke pretty good English, but Kieu speaks Vietnamese, so my conversations with her primarily took place through Google Translate!
Kieu told me she had been looking for Polar for several days, and was very happy to get this call! I let Garrido Stray Rescue know I had talked to the owner, and they let me know that Polar was scheduled to be neutered today, so Kien could pick him up after 3:00!
Polar is now home with his very happy family!
Found 11/7/2019; Reunited 11/12/2019! chào mừng về nhà Polar!!!
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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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Early in 2018 -- over a year and a half ago -- Tiny managed to get outside and was lost on the streets of Chicago. She’d been with her family for her entire life and now she was gone. The family searched but with no luck and they assumed the worst.
Microchip Hunters knew nothing of Tiny's story as we started to work on her case. All we knew is that an approximately 10 year old cat had just came into CACC and her microchip was unregistered. Thankfully we got a name and phone number from those that had implanted the chip and with that information we had Tiny’s name and a lead on the owner and potential family members.
We sent out texts and Facebook messages to everyone! When one of those family members suddenly received our Facebook message mentioning Tiny, well understandably they were suspicious. Then they received the same message on their phone, which really got their curiosity up, but their response back to me was still full of skepticism. Once I explained to them about Microchip Hunters, that Tiny was at CACC and that their contact phone number was out of service -- then he said “She’s been missing over a year now”.
I can’t imagine how things went after that for the family. I’m certain there were many surprising and happy messages and calls back and forth between mom, brother and sister as they first shared the good news and then worked out the details on how to pickup Tiny. Within days brother and sister were in line at CACC waiting to reclaim their Tiny!
Welcome Home, Tiny!!
***Photo picking Tiny up at CACC***
Princess was found as a stray, and David took her in, had her microchip scanned, and contacted Homeagain. Homeagain tried to contact the registered owner, but wasn't able to reach them.
David knew this girl must belong to someone, and he posted on multiple social media sites, where he was asked to submit the microchip information to microchip help.
Though not officially submitted to microchiphelp.com, the microchip information made its way there, and microchip hunters were able to get in contact with the registered owner Rebecca by facebook messenger, after much digging. The facebook name wasn't exactly the same as the registered name on the chip.
When I contacted Rebecca, she told me she hadn't seen Princess since 2017, when her and her ex Dan split up. Dan kept the dogs. She said "Miss that girl SO much." She sent me photos of both Princess and Roxy as puppies and adults, with her family. She told me she heard her ex had to rehome both dogs recently last she heard, but gave me his email address and started reaching out to people as well. She didn't have a current number for him. Rebecca asked me to let her know what happens.
Just after messaging with Rebecca, the father called me from one of my messages, and gave me a current phone number for Dan. It was late so I emailed, but called and sent a text in the morning.
I received a text saying, "Hello. I'm Phil I'm contacting about Princess. I received news that she was found ? Is she okay ? sigh I'm glad she's okay and where is she now ?! " I asked that he call me, and he said sure, please give me a few minutes. I was confused who Phil was, as I texted Dan!
A call came in...it was from an interpreter service. She told me "Phil is deaf and I am interpreting for him." We talked about Princess, and Phil through the interpreter told me he is out of town, and had a dog walker watching Princess. He had been trying to reach this dog walker for days to see how Princess was doing, and wasn't getting any replies. "Now I know why," he said. Phil had no idea Princess was lost, and was so glad that David found her and was taking care of her all this time. David had her for 6 days. I gave Phil the phone number for David, and let David know that an interpreter would be calling for Phil to make arrangements to pick her up.
I messaged Rebecca to let her know Phil contacted me. I mentioned that he was deaf, and she told me she and Dan are too, so that made sense to her! When I let David know, he said, "Wow, I did notice she understands more to hand commands!" David let me know that he heard from Phil, and told me "she lives near where I found her."
I heard back from Dan too, through text. He told me the story about having to rehome both dogs in July until he gets into an apartment that allows dogs when his lease is up in 8 months. He split the dogs up to make it easier for the caretakers. He plans to get Roxy back when he gets his new apartment, but he said that Phil loves Princess so much, and that she loves Phil so much, that he doesn't have the heart to take her away from him. He misses Princess too, but see Roxy often. He sent me many photos of the two dogs. It was so sweet to see how many people love and care about these girls.
I got this message from David late last night, "Princess is reunited with her owner Phil, thank you much!" He said they were both soo happy to see each other. David said Princess kept looking back to him too; I'm sure she is so grateful for all the love she got. David said he was at the point where he was going to keep her if no one claimed her. Princess made her way into his heart, and it was hard to let her go.
David, thank you so much for everything; taking her in and caring for her, sharing to facebook pages, getting her scanned for a chip, sending chip information for help, and also for your refreshing, non-judgemental mentality about Princess and her owner. This helped get Princess home. It would have been easy to assume her family wasn't looking for her since nobody was responding to any found posts.
Princess made her way into the hearts of many, and is one very loved girl Phil texted that she is very happy to be home, and said "she is grateful for reuniting us."
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When Chicago Animal Care and Control tried to call Rocky's family, the phone just rang and rang. It was an unregistered microchip, but PAWS Chicago had owner information from microchipping Rocky at a clinic. The alternate number Paws had was disconnected.
Microchip help also tried the number, and wasn't able to get a voicemail or an answer, so began researching the owner.
The owner was elderly, and didn't have a whole lot of other numbers to try, but I tried some family members, associates and neighbors. I also sent an email to Lois.
I tried the phone number that just rang and rang for a couple of days, at various times of the day, just in case. It worked! I finally received an answer.
I could tell the gentleman that answered the phone was elderly too. He said Lois had heart surgery and has been in the hospital for 6 days, and will be for a couple more weeks. "He is our cat," he said, "can you please drop him off here?" He doesn't drive, and takes the bus to be with Lois in the hospital every day. He just got home. He also said he wouldn't have all of the reclaim fee right away.
I told the sweet man that we could see about helping with the reclaim fee, and he told me he would let Lois know he wouldn't get there to see her Friday. He was going to take the bus to be to CACC right at noon to get Rocky. He said he will bring his carrier. Real Estate to the Rescue of Homeless Animals Chicago stepped up for us, and paid Rocky's reclaim fee, and Rocky was picked up as promised!
I could feel this man's love for Rocky; the sadness that he was missing was loud and clear. It was so nice to be able to part of this happy reunion.
We hope Lois is back home with the family soon too.
Found 10/13/2019; Reunited 10/18/2019. Welcome home Rocky. You are loved.
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A little black cat made his way to Chicago Animal Care and Control on 10/15/2019. The information was sent to microchip hunters because he had an Avid microchip that wasn't registered, and they weren't having success getting owner information from the vet supply that sold the microchip.
The vet supply got back to me; they sold this microchip to Fox College Vet Tech Institute in 2014. I wasn't sure I was going to get anywhere with this, but called and left a voicemail with an account manager there. Luckily, the next morning, she called me back and let me know that PAWS Chicago facilitated this adoption! I called Paws and they gave me the owner information for Midnight, from 2014.
I was hoping that would be it! But of course, my research wasn't done. The phone number for Carla was disconnected. Many numbers and emails later, I got an answer. The gentleman on the phone was her father who was at work. He told me he would give Carla my information. He wasn't sure her cat was missing.
Carla called me this afternoon. When I told her where midnight was, the tears started. She could not believe how far Midnight was, and had no idea how he got to CACC. She told me she was going to get there to pick him up today, and she did! She said, "Thank you so much, I'm relieved that he is safe."
I gave Carla the microchip information and she told me she was going to register tonight. She told me, "Midnight has always been curious about the outside world. I am glad this nugget is safe though." He was found 13 minutes from home!!!
Found 10/15/2019; Reunited 10/17/19 Welcome home Midnight. You brought tears to my eyes today too!
***Photo of midnight back home tonight***
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"Maybe you will have better luck"
Attempts were made to catch this little girl running along the highway. She is safe, was taken in by a good samaritan, and posted to a neighborhood page.
This little Bichon Mix was wearing a current rabies tag, and the finder posted, "she is friendly and beautiful; someone I'm sure misses her." Several people attempted to get the owner's information from the Cook County rabies tag but it wasn't in the computer system yet. Vetco issued the rabies, but they had no luck getting information from them either. Thankfully the good samaritan was able to hold on to her, and continued waiting for her owner to find her.
After several days had passed, Microchip Hunters was tagged on the post by Susan D, and the finder sent the numbers from the rabies tag. The finder texted, "we went through that process already (rabies tag research) and we found nothing, but maybe you will have better luck."
We did have better luck. The next morning, I was able to get owner information on this tag, and contacted Diamond's owner Willie Mae.
Willie Mae told me she is wheelchair bound, and her granddaughter was caring for Diamond. She had Diamond in the car and was on her way from Indiana to visit her when they stopped, and she took off. I exchanged information between owner and finder, and Willie Mae got in touch with her granddaughter to let her know, since she is unable to drive and her granddaughter has a car.
Willie Mae called me yesterday after a few days passed, to let me know Diamond still was not home. She wanted her back. She said her granddaughter told her that the finder was busy working, and wasn't able to get her back to them yet. The finder also let me know she works a lot, but that finally would be able to meet today to return Diamond to them.
I was so glad to hear from both the finder and owner today letting me know she is home. Willie Mae is very grateful and said, "bless you and thank you for the work that you do." Thank you finder for doing the right thing, Susan D. for tagging Microchip Hunters, and thank you to all who helped!
Diamond is this woman's best friend.
Welcome home Diamond!
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