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Microchipping Success Story
Lost dog found after 7 years
After a 7-year wait, Jake is coming home

Jake was a 6-month old puppy in 2003 when he disappeared from his yard the day after Thanksgiving. That was in Michigan. He was apparently dropped off at a kennel in Kentucky this week where a staff member found him in an after-hours kennel wearing a shock collar and nothing else to give any information about him. The scanner picked up the microchip, which prompted a call to Brad Davis, who still lives in Michigan. He thought it was a wrong number until they said they located him because of his dog’s microchip. Davis is headed to Kentucky to pick up Jake.

Microchipping has led to many successful reunions between people and their dogs, though most of them are not seven years later. Of course, Jake can hardly be the same dog that he was as a puppy back in 2003. Still, it’s wonderful for Davis and his family to know that Jake is alive and well, even if they’ll never know what happened the day he disappeared or in all the days since.
Have you or anyone you know been reunited with a dog because that dog was microchipped?



Karen B. London, PhD, is a Bark columnist and a Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist specializing in the evaluation and treatment of serious behavior problems in the domestic dog.

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Submitted by LAP Dog Rescue | September 14 2010 |

I am Lisa Matson with LAP Dog Rescue in Waller, TX. In 2006 I adopted a dachshund/basset hound mix, "Sassy" out to a family looking for a companion for their children. At the signing of the adoption contract, the adopter is advised and walked through the steps to register the micro chip in their name. The dog was returned to me a month later because she was "too much puppy" for the smaller child in the family. Sassy was adopted out again two months later to another family. As always, my adopters are required to sign an adoption contract. One of the terms of my contract is that if the dog cannot stay with the family for ANY reason, the dog should be returned to LAP Dog Rescue and not given away, traded, sold, bartered, etc. I consider this a binding contract.

I received an e-mail from the director of Animal Health Services at Auburn University in Alabama claiming they had a female dog who's micro chip was traced back to my rescue. They called the original adopter and the number had been disconnected. Then they placed a call to one of her emergency contacts who was able to contact her and have her call the director. The adopter informed the that the dog had been returned to LAP Dog Rescue. The director placed another call to 24Petwatch at which time she was given my information as the shelter who implanted the chip. The new adopter did not register the chip as advised while completing the adoption process. I was very upset to hear that one of my rescue dogs was being held at a research facility. Because the director at this facility followed protocol, "Sassy" is being flown back to Houston, TX and not being used for research.

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