On Saturday I saw a beautiful husky at Chicago Animal Care and Control posted to our #MicrochipHuntersIL page and as a lover of the northern breeds, I knew I had to take the case. (Jeannette jinxed it by saying it should be easy) My research came up with two pages of dead-end phone numbers and email addresses – but a relative’s name kept popping up, and I was able to find him on Facebook. Fingers crossed that they would see my message request!
Two days later and zero luck in reaching any of Rocky’s family, we were getting ready to go to a Christmas Eve get-together with our family when I received notification of a Facebook message. It was Rocky’s extended family contacting me! From Wisconsin!
I immediately called and was told “Thank you! Thank you! Everyone is so happy! Everyone is crying! Hang on… let me put Rosario on the line”!!! Rocky’s mom was in Wisconsin for their family Christmas – she was so relieved to know that Rocky was found and safe. She said it was the best present ever. And I have to admit, I felt like I’d been given a very special present too. It felt so good to be able to share the wonderful news that their beloved Rocky was safe. And so appropriate that it was Christmas Eve!
As soon as his family returned to Chicago they were there to pick up their Rocky – who was so very excited to see them! Welcome Home Rocky! And a Merry Christmas to all!
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Today I was the lucky one! I had the pleasure of reaching Prince's owner!
Chicago Animal Care and Control tried reaching the owner of a little black mix that arrived December 16th. His microchip wasn't registered with Avid, but PAWS Chicago, where he was chipped from, had the owner information. After leaving a message to the number provided, CACC didn't hear back so sent it to us at Microchip Hunters this morning for help.
I was able to contact Canitha, and there was a pause when I asked if she had a dog missing, followed by OMG, yes, he has been missing over a year. Prince went missing on our moving day. Canitha also told me that she never updated the microchip information when she moved because she didn't know how, and didn't think anyone would be able to find her. After many tears of joy, I let her know CACC's hours and reclaim fee, and she asked if they could hold Prince until Friday when she got paid. I told her they would, and that it would not be a problem.
#LostDogsIllinois couldn't let Canitha wait until Friday to get her sweet boy home to her, so let her know that a "Secret Santa" was paying for his reclaim fee. A year is long enough to wait.
“Omg thanks I'll pick him up today.. It's such a blessing! I can't thank you enough 🤗❤”
Happy Holidays Prince. What a blessing for Canitha to have you home, and what a blessing for me to be able to make that call.
Lost Dogs Illinois
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Thankfully, Chicago Animal Care and Control reached out to us at #MicrochipHuntersIL for help finding the owner of this cute little guy because both phone numbers on the microchip were disconnected.
Susan T. started with an email to one of the two registered owners. She got a response, but no answers from the "owner" as to what to do with "Tailspin." Ugh!
After researching, I then contacted a phone number which turned out to be the sister of the registered owner. The sister told me he was given to someone and his new name is Peso. She was kind enough to contact the new owner, Danielle, for me and have her call me. Danielle called me right away, and told me she was looking for Peso like crazy. She said she would get over to CACC right away after work.
I had to give Danielle the sad news that she couldn't pick Peso up until the stray hold was over unless she had a signed letter from the registered owner, or an email from them directly to CACC, neither of which she was able to get. So...Peso had to wait until the stray hold was up to go home. It was five very long days for her leaving him there.
Today was the day! I spoke to Danielle and she was so happy that Peso could go home, but asked me if it would be OK to pick him up on Tuesday, when she got paid. This message was relayed to Susan T., the director, and Lost Dogs Illinois paid the redemption fee so this sweet dog could go home. He had been there long enough. Happy holidays and welcome home Peso - you are loved.
"Thank you so much I really appreciate you helping me get my dog back. I'm so happy."
***Photo of Peso back home!***
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Does your shelter know about Microchip Hunters? If not, maybe you should tell them!
Cafe was found and taken to animal control, but the registration for this sweetheart was incomplete. There was a name and address, but no phone number, so Chicago Animal Care and Control reached out to #MicrochipHuntersIL! Here is the tale as told by the successful Microchip Hunter.
I wasn't able to find a working phone number associated to the name, so I began searching names associated to the registered address the microchip company gave to me. I was able to reach the owner's brother, Rolando! He told me his sister was looking for Cafe, and had put flyers up around the area. The kids accidentally left the gate open and Cafe had gone wandering.
Less than an hour later, Rolando called me and asked if he would be able to pick Cafe up, as his sister wouldn't be able to get to CACC before closing, and they wanted him home ASAP! He had a different last name than his sister, the registered name on the microchip. I let CACC know that his ID showed the same address the dog is registered to. Before I even was able to get back to Rolando with an answer, he was already there at CACC...they could not wait to get him back. Cafe was missed so much, and his family really wanted him home.
Cafe went home with Rolando, and I couldn't be happier...welcome home Cafe. You are one beautiful boy. Thank goodness for family!
"Thank you for everything"
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Microchip Hunter Volunteer
Ursula wound up at Chicago Animal Care and Control with a microchip registered to a disconnected phone number. It was sent to MicrochipHunters for help.
After many attempts, and a couple of days of trying numbers possibly connected to the owner, I was finally able to speak to the brother of the registered owner, Cynthia. He told me he would let Cynthia know about Ursula and have her call me.
We spoke two days later, and Cynthia told me she got the message and went to see Ursula right away. At one time, she was not able to keep her and had sold her to another family. She wanted to leave her at CACC for a few more days because she felt she had to do the right thing in case the person she was sold to came looking for her. Cynthia, however, told me if they didn't come, she was now able to keep her, and was very happy to. She loves Ursula.
Cynthia waited a few more days, then went to pick Ursula up. "She's doing great. She is awesome. She's getting comfortable to the new place." She also told me she will be sure to update the phone number on her microchip.
We don't know how Ursula wound up at CACC. We are happy that Cynthia is now able to have her back in her life, and that she didn't have to stay in the shelter any longer than her stray hold. She is loved.
Cynthia sent these pictures of her and Ursula, back together again!
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Chicago Animal Care and Control sent a microchip case to #MicrochipHunters yesterday. It was for a beautiful German Shepherd named Rambo. Rambo's owner had a disconnected phone number, and an incorrect address attached to his information, which MicrochipHunters received from the microchip company as well as the Anti-Cruelty Society, where he was adopted.
All of the volunteers had a busy afternoon, so I started to search for Rambo's family early evening! Just then, an email came through from CACC, letting MicrochipHunters know that Rambo's family came in looking for him. It was very sad for them, as they had to leave without him. They were short on money to pay for the reclaim fee.
Because Lost Dogs Illinois' mission is to reunite lost dogs with their owners, and reduce the number of strays in shelters, I reached out to the director and of course she said, "yes, let's help this family get their dog home."
This beautiful couple clearly loves their dog; I let them know that if they could pay a small portion, we would pay the rest. They told me, translated from Spanish, that "these days have been so sad for them without their boy home, and that they love him so much."
What a great feeling to help get their dog back to them. They couldn't be happier and said, "there needs to be more people like you in the world, helping these animals." We couldn't have said it better ourselves.
Last weekend as a new volunteer with the #MicrochipHuntersILteam, I took the case of a cat at @CACC. The phone number on the microchip registration was no longer active, but I sent an email. The owner replied quickly and let me know that he had been in a car accident that left him unable to care for himself and had been sent to live with family in Florida. He actually had two cats, Anastasia and Lily and was completely heartbroken that due to the accident he did not have the resources to bring them with.
Discussing it further he explained to me how both cats were rescues and he had moved cross country with them twice before. This time as much as he wanted to bring them with it simply was not possible. I could hear his love for them as he described each of their personalities and habits in detail and then his devastation as he talked about being forced to leave them. We both cried and I knew I had to help find a way to get the cats back to him.
I shared the story with the LDI director and she agreed. We got to work right away. Real Estate to the Rescue of Homeless Animals Chicago was contacted and they generously agreed to pay the redemption fees to help get these sweet cats home.
Steve (pictured above) kindly volunteered to take the time out of his day to pick up them up from CACC, and take them to a wonderful family that offered to foster them so they weren't taking up space at the shelter while we worked out how they would get to Florida. What an awesome community effort! Their owner is overjoyed to know he will soon be reunited with his beloved furbabies.
Anastasia and Lily are currently in their foster home doing great and a volunteer transport is in the works.
Part 2 - The Transport.
We have a fantastic update! Kitties Lily and Anastasia are on their way home to their dad in Orlando. A very sweet and wonderful woman named Kristin was planning to drive there from IL and offered to let the girls ride along! We can't thank her enough!
Foster parents Cheryl and Edgar said goodbye last night, they have taken wonderful care of the girls while we worked on transport and will miss them but are very happy they get to go home. Rockstar #LostDogsIllinois volunteer Jeanette made a last minute, 90 mile, late night trip to get them from the foster home and meet Kristin!
This has been an incredible group effort and would not have been possible without the help of Real Estate to the Rescue of Homeless Animals Chicago! We love that they supported making this reunion happen.
Part 3 - The Homecoming
Kitties Lily and Anastasia went on a 1,200 mile journey and were finally reunited with their Dad this afternoon!
Our hero Kristin drove the entire way from Illinois to Orlando and delivered them to his house! ❤
From their Dad:
"Please let everyone that was involved know from the bottom of my heart how happy and full of tears I am that my fur babies are at home.
Thank you really just doesn't do this justice, but thanks to everyone for the outpouring of love."
On 11/29, Chicago Animal Care and Control reached out to Microchip Hunters to help research a microchip for a darling mini poodle that came into the facility as a stray. Turns out he was microchipped at a CACC clinic, but the information was outdated and phone number disconnected.
I chose to take this case because the registered address was in my neighborhood. After some researching, I wasn’t having much luck with my usual avenues, so I took a leap of faith and looked up the owner’s name on Facebook. Luckily, his name isn’t too common and I was able to connect! The family had moved and was unaware of how to update the microchip information. The owner was very happy to know where Bruno was and Bruno was very excited to be back with his family, the kids and to get a nice groom!
I’m so happy Chicago Animal Care and Control has chosen to partner with #LostDogsIllinois and the #MicrochipHunters. Getting lost dogs home opens up cages and helps decrease shelter overpopulation. It’s really taking a huge step toward a better Chicago. It’s so important to remember that not everyone knows where to look for their dogs, and with just a few extra steps, owners can be located.
Chicago Animal Care and Control tried calling Wrigley's owner, from the microchip, but the phone number was disconnected, so they sent it to Microchip Hunters for help. I took the case, and after researching, called some numbers that were associated with the owner's name. I finally got an answer from one of them.
It was Amanda, the girlfriend of the owner registered to Wrigley. She was astounded! Wrigley had gone missing from East Chicago, Indiana a year ago! She couldn't believe Wrigley was found, and in Chicago! The couple just moved and live 2 hours away from CACC, but were overjoyed! Amanda said, I will come get him on Saturday. Greg is out of town, but I will get there. "That really made my night." Amanda told me they "left the basement open, the windows, everything, just hoping he would pop up."
Wrigley is now adjusting to the couple's new home and getting back to normal with his family. Amanda said, "he was a 'special' cat from the beginning, and I just knew he was the one and we had to get him regardless of his bad attitude. I'm so happy he is back home!" Welcome home Wrigley - you really were missed. I am so happy I was able to be a part of this wonderful reunion!
(Wrigley's microchip information is updated)
***Photo is Wrigley at home with Greg before he was lost, along with his current back at home, relaxing photo; he really is one special boy***
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