This is a long story, with a happy ending for sweet Lucy who has been through so much. Never assume stray...
Lucy lives with her human parents, a Chihuahua that was taken in with a broken leg, two cats, and a micro pig, who 'thinks Lucy is her mother.' Lucy was adopted from Animal Welfare League a year and a half ago, and came with scissor cut ears and some skin issues. Her microchip was never registered, though her parents thought it was.
We don't know what happened in her past, but we do know she now is one loved girl, that likes to scale her fence and take off running. She does have a skin issue and was due back for her vet appointment when she went missing.
A good samaritan found Lucy, and posted her to our Lost Dogs Illinois visitor's post. She couldn't hold her much longer and was asked to register for us to post her on our main page. Later that day, thank goodness for our fan Ev, who endlessly watches out for these dogs and helps everywhere she can. Ev commented and tagged me, letting us know that she had seen somewhere that this dog had a dead end microchip.
I sent a PM to the finder, asking her to register on our page again, and to please send the microchip information to Microchip Hunters. She told me the dog was scanned by a police officer, that he checked on the microchip and it was unregistered, and no other information was available. I asked for the microchip number anyway, and was also told that 'Lucy' was taken to Chi Town Pitties; the finder was leaving for a trip so couldn't hold on to her any longer. She also felt this dog was a stray because of her condition.
I called HomeAgain, and was told this chip was never registered. I questioned about an implant facility, and when she looked further, she saw that there was a photo of a handwritten transfer of ownership, and she gave me what she could read...a name, a phone number that was a digit off, and, low and behold, Animal Welfare League's name. There was never a transfer of ownership because this microchip was never registered. She came from another facility first. I called Animal Welfare League and received all the owner information I needed to contact Theresa!
I let Theresa know where Lucy was, and she was so grateful. She said her boyfriend would pick her up! I called Chi-Town Pitties, Inc. (Fran), and what a wonderful group. Fran told me the microchip wasn't registered too, and that she couldn't get owner information.
Fran was delighted that Lucy had a family looking for her and already gave her some medication for her skin issue! She told me she would send things home with Lucy to help them out, and Theresa texted me this morning to let me know how incredibly happy she was for everyone's help, concern and care. Theresa asked how to donate to Chi Town Pitties too!
I gave Theresa the microchip number for Lucy - she will register her now!
Thank you Caitlin for finding Lucy, taking her in, getting her scanned and sharing with us. Thank you Ev for informing us of her dead end chip, and thank you Fran from Chi Town Pitties for your loving care for Lucy.
Welcome home Lucy - what an eclectic family you have - you are one lucky girl!
Be sure to check out Lucy's animal 'family photos' - they are adorable!
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Microchip Hunters received this case from Chicago Animal Care and Control on July 4th. CACC was unable to make contact with the owner, Barbara. I received the owner name and information from 24 Petwatch, and confirmed the information was outdated.
I was able to find Barbara's current number after much searching, and thankfully she answered and went to pick up her boy the following day.
I was so glad to call her with the good news!!! She said she had been walking the streets, and gone to all her neighbors asking about him. She was so relieved.
Welcome home Cameo! You are loved!!!
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Chiquis was at Chicago Animal Care and Controlsince the 4th of July. His microchip wasn't registered but I was able to get the owner information from PAWS, though the number was no longer current.
I was able to find a working phone number for family of this little Chihuahua. I spoke with the nephew, who gave his aunt the information that Chiquis was found. I reached out to Mayra, another Lost Dogs Illinois volunteer, who was able to call and give all the information to Chiquis' owner in Spanish so she could pick him up. He needed to go home.
Chiquis found 7/4/2019; Reunited 7/10/2019
Welcome home Chiquis!
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Chicago Animal Care and Control sent this unregistered microchip case to microchip hunters on July 1st.
Microchip ID gave me the name of the Kennel that implanted Giselle's microchip in 2009, who in turn gave me the name of the breeder that took Giselle in and also placed her in a home. (Nancy) I contacted Nancy and she knew who this dog was right away.
Nancy told me Giselle was placed with someone in Chicago, and was so surprised of this news. She contacted the person that help her place Giselle. Nancy kept in touch with me, and was able to get a hold of the owner. He was looking for Giselle, and the location she was found was not near his home.
The owner went to pick Giselle up the next day, July 2nd, and is so happy to have her back.
Thanks CACC for asking for help with this case, and to Nancy for keeping good records, and for making contact with the owner! We knew this girl had to have a home waiting for her.
Found 6/24/2019; Reunited 7/2/2019. Welcome home Gisselle,
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Yesterday, while on my shift for Lost Dogs Illinois, this came in on our Visitor's Posts: "We were in Lake Geneva Wisconsin yesterday and found a dog on 47. He was in bad shape. He has been out there for a while. His tag says Peluchin, the number to call is 1815XXXXXXX. However it rings once and then nothing,reverse lookup says it’s from Frankfort. Does anyone recognize the name or number? He is a miniature poodle or a pup and he’s white."
I called the number and confirmed it was an invalid phone number. I sent a PM to the finder and started to work on this non-working phone number.
At first glance, the number did come up to a family in Frankfort. I called and left voicemails and texts to some of the family members, and when I heard back from one of them saying they never owned a dog, I did a little deeper search, and found three families associated to this number.
I sent voicemails, texts and facebook messages to family members of the second name I found. I received a call a little while later from a girl that was so happy to have heard from me! She said her mother gave her a message that someone found their dog! I also received a facebook message back from her, "Please would you let us now quickly because we are very worried of him and it’s an emergency thank you:) and we were looking for him every where and thank you soo much for letting us know"
I sent a PM to the finder through Lost Dogs Illinois, and gave her the owner's phone number to call, and Peluchin was reunited last night to his family that is so grateful to everyone for getting Peluchin back home. He is loved and will be getting checked at the vet today just in case. He had gone missing on the 4th of July so was out for three days, and his family was looking everywhere for him.
Thank you Maria for taking Peluchin in and sending this message to us at Lost Dogs Illinois. You saved this boy, and this family from so much heartache.
A lot goes on behind the scenes at Lost Dogs Illinois. We don't just post lost and found dogs, we work to get them home...
Missing 7/4/2019; Reunited 7/6/2019 Welcome home Peluchin
***Reunion Photo Below - The family is also getting a new ID tag for Peluchin with the correct phone number***
Home at last! - Milo - Maltese from #Belleville #ILis home safe & sound. Message: "The pet was reunited by tracking down the owner through the microchip, even though the owner had not registered the chip." Missing 06/30/2019. Reunited 07/01/2019. Welcome home Milo!
Special thanks to Ric for holding on to Milo and submitting his microchip to us at Microchip Hunters to help get him home! His family is grateful!!!
This pretty green-eyed black cat showed up near the home of a good samaritan, Lisa, who posted her with helpinglostpets.com / Lost Cats Illinois.
Because the Avid microchip wasn't registered, she submitted it to Microchip help. Having 3 cats of her own, Lisa had to keep this girl in her garage, with a recliner, litter box, food, water, and attention.
I was able to find the owner's information by calling Animal Welfare League. This sweet girl was adopted in 2010. Sadly, when I did some searching for the owner, I discovered he was deceased just a few months, and found some contacts to go on through his facebook page, which also had hundred of photos of his cats that he obviously loved. I saw he named this cat Missy.
I was finally able to speak to the late owner's fiance, who let me know that she had to rehome the 3 cats that he owned; her daughter took one in, but the other two were given to a family in Round Lake Beach. She was able to find the new family's phone number. She was concerned, as Missy was the closest to her owner, and they were indoor cats for 9 years.
I spoke to Missy's new owner. She told me the other cat is doing great, but that Missy is hiding all the time, and not adjusting well. She snuck out on them. I gave her the finder's information, and she was able to pick Missy up the next day. I also gave her Missy's microchip information, so she can transfer owner to her name and number.
Missy's new family sent me a text this morning: "Missy was picked up yesterday. She is doing fine." I was glad to hear it.
Thanks Lisa for taking Missy in and keeping her safe. As you said, "the new owner lives very close to me - maybe 3 blocks away but across a busy road. I'm happy kitty made it safely across that street. It's a very busy road." We are grateful for people like you.
We wish Missy a happy new life in her new home...thank you to her new family for giving them another chance to have a loving family.
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Thank you to the Bensenville Police Departmentfor registering this found dog with helping lost pets, and sending the microchip information to microchip hunters so they could help get sweet Lucy home!!! It was so nice that she didn't end up having to go to a shelter and wait for her family!
The found Mix from #Bensenville#IL is home safe & sound. Her name is Lucy!!! Message: "Microchip Hunters (Microchiphelp.com) helped and found the owner! " Missing 06/23/2019. Reunited 06/24/2019. Welcome home Lucy!
This gorgeous Siamese cat had an unregistered microchip with dead end phone number thatChicago Animal Care and Control sent Microchip Hunters with the owner's name and address. They were unable to get a hold of Tiffaney.
I was able to get Tiffaney's phone number by messaging her sister. Her sister said she was looking for Zeke, and sure enough, she was!!!
Tiffaney loves Ezekiel, and recently moved. "Thank you so much for all of your help. I've been keeping track of where people see him in my area. Then everyone stopped seeing him." He was missing a week!
Zeke went home yesterday!
"He got right up and started meowing like crazy! I put a collar on him right away and ordered an updated tag for him 😊 Just moved so I didn't have one. He is happy to be home. Just started meowing when we got home. He does that when he's happy."
Welcome home beautiful boy!!!
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We are happy that Roxy was able to go home today. Her owner is out of town, and the father was caring for Roxy. He told me she opens the gate with her head, and he needs to work on that so she doesn't get out again. His daughter loves Roxy very much and kept checking with both her mother and father about getting to Chicago Animal Care and Control so she can go home.
Roxy got to Chicago Animal Care and Control on 6/6/2019 and when they didn't hear back from the owner information they had on file (the father's information from the adoption), they contacted us at Microchip Hunters.
I contacted Home Again and found out the daughter is the name on the microchip, along with her phone number. She called me back right away, and said her mom would be picking Roxy up the next day.
After a few days, I checked back and was told that the mother had no ride to CACC. Our microchip hunter Katie C. called the family too and offered her a ride to pick Roxy up!!! Thank you Katie!!! The mother, however, thought she had found one. Roxy was still there yesterday...
I heard back from the father today when he was on his way to CACC, and he was able to to pick Roxy up. It was hard for him to get there by 6:15 after work. He said his daughter kept calling him to please pick her up. We are so glad it worked out.
Found 6/6/2019; Reunited 6/11/2019. Welcome home beautiful girl...we are happy your microchip information is up to date!!! They work!!!
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