This may be the quickest example of a microchip getting a pet back to his home since I’ve been scanning for chips.
Our regular client brought this dog in for an examination, heartworm test, stool test and vaccinations because he had been hanging around a construction site for about six weeks.
Now, in my experience, a dog that stays in one place for six weeks and doesn’t go home usually doesn’t have a home. This dog proved to be the exception to the rule.
Before we began our procedures, we first scanned the pet and found he was identified by the brand of chip our regional humane society uses. Because none of the veterinarians I know use that same chip brand, it was a good bet that he came from the shelter.
Our Good Samaritan called the chip company, who put him in contact with the owner. It turned out that they had been looking for this baby for over five weeks. The construction site was about a mile from the dog’s home. They made arrangements to meet about an hour later and make the exchange.
When offered a microchip pet owners sometimes say, “FooFoo never gets out of my sight!”
I’m sorry, but reality says pets do unpredictable things. We advocate the AVID chip, but we would rather see a pet identified by almost any chip than none at all.