Most animal shelters, veterinarians, and dog owners agree that the first thing that is needed when adopting a dog is to get a microchip implanted on the new pet. Numerous dogs go missing every year and only a small percentage are fortunate to reunite with their family. Most of these dogs that go back home are due to the information found on their microchips. This is also the reason why even if the dog has been missing for quite some time, it is essential that the contact details are kept updated.
Luckily for Michelle, a resident of Lafayette, California, although she didn’t update the information in the microchip, she did not change her phone number after she lost her pet. Even after her dog went missing for more than a decade, they were able to get in touch with her when they found her pooch named Zoey.
Michelle met Zoey and her twin sister when they were only six months old. Both of them were staying at a shelter at that time. The California native fell in love with the two pups and filed for their adoption.
The two rescue puppies found a happy home, and they were well cared for. But six months after they were adopted, a tragedy happened. Michelle and her family went into a store for about half an hour and went they went back outside, Zoey was missing.
They did everything they could, but they could not find their beloved pet. The years piled on, and Michelle lost all hope of ever finding her dog again. Even the microchip company listed Zoey as deceased on their records.
12 years gone
One day, around 12 years after Zoey went missing, the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office received a call about a senior dog dumped by its owner. The elderly pooch looked weak and unwell. An animal control officer was deployed and brought the animal back to the local shelter.
They scanned her for a microchip and discovered that the dog was labeled as deceased and found Michelle’s contact details. The shelter staff called her and informed the stunned lady that Zoey was found and is still alive. The two have been reunited since, and the dog owner is so grateful to have her pet back.
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