I texted Cindy to let her know we received her microchip hunters form, and would be getting started on helping find the owners of the two dogs she found, one with a microchip and one without!
Cindy replied: "I'm going to give it best shot, but I'm not hopeful. I fear they were abandoned, but they are really good dogs! So I know somebody loved them and taught them well! We walked the street, put flyers on telephone poles and under neighbors door mats. We plan on in the next day or two actually walking the dogs up and down the street. Very much appreciate your help and hope you will provide more insight than what I have. They are extremely bonded, so much so that the poodle broke loose today twice and immediately came back. He will not leave without his buddy. I'm doing everything in my power to keep these two together which is why I have them at my house versus turning them into a shelter."
After spending much time trying non-working or incorrect numbers for family members, I decided to call a neighbor of the address the microchip was registered to (Home Again), since the dogs were found not too far from there. A wonderful woman said she knew the neighbor, but didn't see them much. She graciously put her son on the phone and he was so kind to go over and give them a message to call me.
Not five minutes later, I received a call from the owner, and he confirmed they were missing two dogs and gave me their names. The one matched the name on the microchip, so I knew all was good!
Cindy connected with the owner, and not only reunited them, but is in touch with them to help them with the additional neutering and microchipping for Grunon!
It is heartwarming to know there are kind people like Cindy helping dogs and their families stay together. Thank you so very much for going out of your way to help them additionally with Grunon! You are truly wonderful!
Look at the love for these dogs in the photo!
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Eloise, a wonderful good samaritan, found Q-Tip several months ago, and she had been trying to get him back to his family ever since. "I have had him for several months. After repeatedly trying the email and the telephone number, I went to the physical home address. Since he is an older dog and he was clean when I found him, it was obvious that someone was taking care of him up until shortly before he got lost, but he was found far away from the address on his record."
#MicrochipHunters received an email from Eloise. It said, "Q-tip is registered to an owner, but the address, phone number, and email associated with the chip are no longer good. I have been unable to find a current address for this person. I saw a story on Facebook about your volunteers finding the family of a lost dog in Texas."
She had filled out the form and I began working on the case right away.
After trying all the information listed from the microchip company, I went to work to find Nazil, the registered owner, or anyone related to her, to see if they were looking for Q-tip. I texted several related names and numbers, and by evening, I received a phone call from Nazil. She told me her sister-in-law got a message from me about Q-tip, and she told me he had been missing for over 2 years. I could hear her husband in the background asking questions. "How can I pick him up?" "Where is he?" She said they just assumed he was gone after all this time!
Because I am not from the Texas area, I told her I would contact the finder and ask her to call to set things up. Shortly after, Eloise let me know she would be taking Q-tip back to his family in the morning! She said they live on opposite sides of San Antonio, and that Nazil told her he had been missing over two years. "I am amazed! It's pretty exciting," she told me. "You are awesome! You guys are great, thanks so much!"
I received this text from Eloise this morning, "I just took Q-tip home. The husband was at work but I have a picture of the mom (Nazil) and one of the kids. Nazil said the little boy was about a year old when Q-tip disappeared on New Year's Eve. Thank you very much for your skills and assistance! They had adopted him off Petfinder from someone with the Great Dane Rescue! They thought he had a microchip, but they no longer had the information about which company it was or what the microchip number was. I gave her all of that and suggested that she call to update her information. Q-tip seemed to remember Nazil and to feel right at home. I don't know if I mentioned it, but Q-tip is totally deaf. He was born that way."
This afternoon, I received a call from Nazil. She was so grateful to have Q-tip home,and told me her husband is too. She said Q-tip remembers them, and is very happy to be home. She was very worried because he is deaf, and still can't believe he is home.
We are so happy you saw our reunion story on facebook Eloise, and decided to give us at Microchip Help a try! Q-tip was very lucky to have found you! Thank you for taking him in and caring for him all these months, and for never giving up on finding his family. Q-tip needed to go home.
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Smokey, an adorable grey Am Staff/Lab Mix ended up at City of San Antonio Animal Care Services with a microchip registered to an owner with a phone that was " not accepting calls or disconnected." Thankfully, they sent it #MicrochipHunters, and I began researching the owner. None of the phone numbers I was trying belonged to the owner, and I sent emails and facebook messages to try to connect that way. I never heard back.
Over the next few days, I contacted a long list of relatives associated with the registered owner, and again was having no luck with calls, texts, emails or facebook messages for the many "relatives" I tried.
Not wanting to give up on this 6 year old sweetheart, I looked at my list once again, and decided to keep trying. Something told me to try Valerie, though I couldn't tell her relation because the last name was different. She answered! When I explained why I was calling, I could tell she was tearing up. Smokey was her mother's dog, and her mother had passed away a few months ago. She told me she answered because it was Sunday evening at 10 PM, so thought it might be important. She was right, and she was so glad she did! Valerie was heartbroken that Smokey wound up at a shelter, but because she lived 6 hours away, said she was going to try a couple relatives to see if they could pick him up. We hung up and I texted Valerie Smokey's info and she replied, "Thank you so much for calling! Mom always talked about him and how protective he was of her. I will get back with you tomorrow to figure out arrangements."
I did hear back from Valerie the next day; she wanted to know if there was any way to get Smokey to her. "I think it really is a sign. I had been thinking of my mom. I was just telling my son how I have been considering getting a dog."
I reached out to Marilyn, the Director of Lost Dogs of Texas and Microchip Hunters, who reached out to local friends. Marilyn is a former San Antonio resident, and on SOS - SATX Save Our Strays on Facebook. The SOS admins helped her find a rescue willing to put a hold on Smokey. Once Jolie of Alamo City Pit Bull Rescue had placed a hold, Marilyn arranged for Yayas' Bow-wow House boarding facility to pick up and board Smokey. This new facility has inexpensive boarding available for nonprofit rescues. Yaya's staff also does transport and just happened to have a trip scheduled to Copperas Cove, about four hours from the owner's home in Frisco Texas. Yaya's transported Smokey for free, having business at that destination! They boarded Smokey until the weekend when Valerie was able to drive the 4 hours to pick him up to go home, and Lost Dogs of Texas covered Smokey's boarding expenses there.
Tonight, Smokey is back with family! Valerie texted me this, "We just got home and settled in. He did so good in the car. He slept most of the way. I took him to mom's grave because I thought that would make her happy. Mom's birthday was Thursday; this is a present for her. I know she is smiling. I can't thank you and Marilyn enough for all you have done. It truly warms my hear. "
It truly warms my heart too. Special thanks to Save our Strays, Alamo City Pit Bull Rescue, Yaya's Bow Wow House boarding facility, Lost Dogs of Texas, and to San Antonio Animal Care Shelter for allowing us at Microchip Help to research this dead-end microchip so that Smokey could get home to family.
Valerie and her family now have a piece of her mother's heart at home with them. Welcome home Smokey.
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