Kaitlin found a husky in Powell, Tennessee. When the AVID microchip was scanned and looked up, it wasn't registered but backtracked to Kane County Animal Control in Illinois. Kane County wasn't able to leave a voicemail at the number they had for the owner, and the second number didn't work. They even confirmed with his vet that this was his phone number.
Microchip hunters was tagged and messaged after reading Kaitlin's post about this, and Kaitlin filled the form out for microchiphelp.com
When pulling up the microchip information, I saw that it was registered to a second company very recently. I was able to get owner information from this registration, and the owner texted me back right away. I asked where he got the dog and he told me from a shelter in Knoxville. I was nervous about this, so contacted Kane County again to confirm the information that Kaitlin had.
The numbers for the previous owner didn't work, but when I pulled up his information, his current address was in Knoxville. I found a family member still living in Illinois, and she answered my text. She had the original owner of Luna call me, and they confirmed they had rehomed Luna. They were relieved that she was adopted and that the new family was looking for her.
Thank you Kaitlin for getting BELLA home, her new family was really worried, and didn't sleep all night looking for her. They had a husky before and know how they love to run, and said they will be more careful. Lost Dogs Illinois will send her new family an ID tag for her collar too! Her family said, "she is too excited for a picture, but she is home."
Welcome home Bella!
Chicago Animal Control sent the microchip information to Microchip Hunters, after leaving a voicemail and sending a letter to the owner on file.
Guess what? The owner's phone number and address had changed, so Microchip Hunters were so thankful that it was sent to us!
Lucas' family was contacted through Facebook, and were glad - they were out of town and Lucas went missing from the friend that was taking care of him while away. They made arrangements and picked their boy up!
Numbers change! If you don't hear back from an owner, send it to microchiphelp.com! You never know!
Found 10/15/2021 Reunited 10/19/2021 Welcome home Lucas! You look happy to be back with your family!
Lucas' microchip has been updated by his family too!
When Chicago Animal Care and Control couldn't get through to an owner on file for Bang, the found Pitbull, they sent it to Mcrochip Hunters. The caller that took him in said the dog was well trained and knew 'sit, stay, lay and paw'. He was wearing a red harness with the words “trained” written on it.
Microchip Hunters sent a text and Paul replied! He was totally shattered without Bang. “I need him badly. He is my service dog. I’m homeless and he’s the only thing I have in this world.” Paul just got a new number and had it activated and waited patiently (somewhat) for CACC to contact him the next day about picking him up. LDI offered to pay his reclaim fee, but when CACC heard his situation they also offered to help.
Paul took a bus to CACC, and was able to get Bang back. He is very grateful.
Microchip Hunters asked Paul if he could use help, and reached out to #PawSalvation, who, without hesitation called Paul. Paul made his way to Paw Salvation the next day! “I met with Paul , took care of him and his little guy and told him to reach out whenever he needs help”. Thank you so much! One of our Microchip Hunters is also sending some supplies Paul's way.
We love seeing pets get back to their families. Paul and Bang need and love each other very much.
Thanks Chicago Animal Care and Control for sending Microchip Help Max's microchip number - we love reunions like these! CACC called, but it went to voicemail and it was not set up to leave a message. The voicemail was in Spanish and the number was from 2013.
Max's microchip was registered and the phone number was correct, but the outgoing voicemail was in Spanish. I texted a photo to the owner, and used google translate to let her know Max was found. The owner messaged back and forth in Spanish with me, and I learned that he was missing for a very long time. I decided it was best to have our Lost Dogs Illinois Volunteer Mayra call and talk to Hilda in Spanish!
Mayra learned that Hilda had 3 dogs that went missing 7 years ago, and only 1 was found. They dug their way out of the yard, She was very happy that Max was found, and told her that she wanted to pick him up. She was hoping he would remember her!
When I heard the background, I checked on pet harbor and saw another German Shepherd a few dogs down on the page. I checked the location found, and saw it was near the same cross-streets as Max. I messaged Hilda again, using Google Translate, and sent her a photo. She said it could be Maxi if she is a female. It didn't have a gender so I emailed CACC and heard back that she was female, and that the two dogs were bonded....
Mayra sent Hilda a text for me, to make sure she checked to see if this was Maxi, and ensure she knew what to do.
I emailed CACC about having someone talk to her in Spanish, and they told me she had an appointment and would be sure someone would be able to speak to her!
What a happy reunion for this family, we couldn't be happier! How nice that they are still together!
Keep those microchips updated! You never know when you will get a call for your missing pet!
***Check out this happy reunion in the wonderful video Chicago Animal Control was able to get:
This dog was found in Chicago, and the microchip was messaged to microchip hunters this morning for help finding the owner.
The microchip was registered as a CAT that would be 18 1/2 years old now, and all the information was from Memphis, TN. Clearly was not correct! Someone inadvertently registered their cat with Snowball’s microchip number. The microchip information sent to me came directly from a photo of the scanner so I knew the number was correct.
I double checked with the vet that the chip showed the cat went to and they had no information from 2003.
I called the microchip company to let them know and to get the sold to source for the microchip. It was sold in 2010 (made much more sense than 2003 for this little dog).
Thank you PAWS Chicago for keeping great records from 11 years ago. Though the phone number for Snowball's owner was no longer current, I was able to find a working number and got a text back from his family quickly so he could call the finder!
Snowball got home quickly, and we will be updating the microchip to correct this! Lost Dogs Illinois will also be sending a new ID tag for his collar.
Thank you for reaching out with the microchip Beatris, and thank you to the finder that took Snowball in to keep him safe.
Vinny, the 18 year old cat, is someone's best buddy. He turned up at Chicago Animal Control, and his microchip information from 2003 was a dead-end. The phone number was not current.
Microchip Hunters were able to reach the owner connected to the chip through facebook messenger, however she said she wasn't the 'original' owner. We were able to find the family member that the cat belonged to (still lived at the address on file from the microchip from 2003) and his son was able to help get him back home to his senior father.
Welcome home Vinny, we are happy you two seniors have each other, and that Chicago Animal Control sent this for help...
A group of kids found Chewie in Bolingbrook, and were walking him around trying to find his family or someone that could hold on to him. He was taken in by Temo, who was able to get him scanned, and his microchip was found! Temo is from Elgin, so Chewie went home with them to Elgin while waiting to hear from his family. Animal control was also notified.
The information for the owner had old contact information, so Microchip Hunters were asked to see if they could help.
After trying a few numbers and emails, there were no replies. Since it was late, I went back to researching the next morning, and found a business that also shared that same address., so I called and texted. They were Chewie's owner, and happy to get this call. He got out of the house 2 days prior.
Arrangments were made, and Chewie was picked up from Elgin.
His microchip will be updated too!!!
Thanks to all that helped get Chewie home safely!
Simba went missing from his home, and Chicago Animal took him in. He was wearing a rabies tag from 2019, and the only information that could be provided was a name and phone number from another state.
Microchip Hunters was able to find a match to a name on Facebook by changing the first letter of the last name - it was Simba's family! They were looking for Simba and made arrangements to get him home.
Lost Dogs Illinois helped with the reclaim fees so Simba didn't have to wait a few extra days to go home.
Simba went home neutered, microchipped, and update to date on his rabies vaccine, and he is back at home 'laying in his bed. We're glad he's okay and back home'
This sweet face found her way to St. Clair Animal Services. Though her microchip wasn't registered, Gateway Guardians had her owner's contact information, but the phone number wasn't going through. They sent a letter to the address on file, and sent the microchip information to microchiphelp to reach her family Friday afternoon.
My Girls' family responded Saturday morning, to a facebook message, after trying many numbers and emails. She called me right away, and said My Girl went missing Wednesday and they had been searching for her. She tried to call to pick My Girl up, but they were closed until Tuesday because of the holiday.
My Girl went home today, after arrangements were made. Her family is happy to have her home. "Thank you for contacting me. I really appreciate it"
Found 9/1/2021 Reunited 9/9/2021 Welcome home My Girl, your family loves you!!!
Thank you #StClairAnimalServices for letting us help!
Duke's microchip was never registered, but the Anti Cruelty Society had the owner information from the adoption in 2007. When the phone number wasn't working, Chicago Animal Care and Control sent the information for this found dog to Microchip Hunters for help reaching his family.
I went to work pulling up what I could find for Duke's family. None of the many numbers I tried went to anyone that knew this family, so I began sending some facebook messages. I wasn't finding too many with a matching last name, but finally got lucky and reached the son-in-law who told me the sad news that his mother-in-law passed away in 2012 and that a friend that lived with her kept Duke at the time. Thankfully he had his name and shared his facebook page, but told me he didn't keep in touch with him. So again, my research began.
I tried facebook messaging, texting and emailing based on what I could find. Jeffrey left me a voicemail back! He got my email! He told me that another friend actually took Duke in for the owner, however, he could only tell me their names were Tom and Cathy. He didn't know their last name. He asked where Duke was found, and told me the general area where Tom and Cathy lived...it was right by where he was found! I knew I had to keep trying, and when Jeffrey told me the landmarks and which streets to go down, I searched on google maps to get addresses that could possibly work. Jeffrey walked me through, and said it was the second house from the corner...after several attempts, I found an address with an owner named Tom attached to it! All the phone numbers I tried were not to anyone named Tom. So....again my research began to find relatives that could help me reach this Tom from this address.
I tried several contacts, and called a number in a northwest suburb of Chicago. The woman that answered the phone said she had a brother Tom, and he had a very old dog, but didn't know if he was missing. When I told her the dog's name, she said, yes! He has a dog named Duke, and gave me Tom's current number.
When I called Tom, he broke down. He and his girlfriend Cathy had spent a week looking for Duke, called all the nearby police stations to leave his information, but he never heard back from anyone. He assumed the worst. He told me they had Duke since 2013, and how much they love him. Tom told me he only works a couple days a week, and is looking for work, so needed time to get the money pick Duke up. Lost Dogs Illinois paid the fee, and Tom and Cathy picked Duke (Dookie) up was soon as possible!
Cathy called me and told me what a blessing our group is, and how sad it was seeing all the people looking for their missing dogs at animal control. She was so grateful to get him home.
Welcome home old boy - you are very loved - you look good for almost 14
Microchip Hunters will be registering the microchip too!