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Rescue is never ever what we anticipate.
We have literally been through hell these last few weeks.
We wanted to share with you that as of tonight, Marley (Mia) has been safely reunited with her rightful owners. It is a very long story, but we can assure you that she is safe, loved and so wanted.
We discovered that Marley’s microchip was misread at the shelter when we tried to register her. We learned that she was reported missing during the Polar Vortex in February 2014. We are still reeling in this discovery.
We had a very difficult decision to make. We’ve long been advocates of keeping animals safe and we have also shared countless stories of lost dogs and reunification.
We wanted to do right by Marley. We knew that she was found in deplorable conditions. It was easy for us to assume the worst. It was easier to believe that she was better off in rescue.
We were faced with a moral and ethical decision. We prayed like crazy and knew that we had to do the right thing and it was up to the owner to show us how much they truly searched and cared for this dog.
With the help of CACC and rescue friends…our prayers were answered.
Records of their search were shown via microchip and at the shelter. Mia’s owner just gave birth on October 1st and was still in the hospital when she received our phone call through the shelter. She literally discharged early, with her new baby and drove directly to the shelter to be reunited. There was no mistake that this dog was loved, wanted and missed. We are thankful that we could witness the reunification and feel the out pour of emotion. We are also grateful that they want us to stay in touch and visit this special angel.
Thank you Making A Difference Rescue for sharing Mia (Marley) story.
We are very pleased to announce that Lost Dogs Illinois is now partnering with Helping Lost Pets (HeLP). HeLP is a totally free, map-based national lost/found registry.
How will this help more lost and found dogs get reunited with their owners?
- The map-based system makes it easy for people to search for lost and found pets in their area.
- Listings can be searched by date, name, breed, age, gender, or size.
- HeLP technology makes it easy for finders to produce flyers and to share their post via Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, Linked In and more.
- Email and text alerts are sent to HeLP members to notify them when a pet is listed.
- Allows anyone to search and match lost and found pets 24/7.
How will this differ from what we are currently doing?
- Our posts will look slightly different, but our volunteers will still post them to our LDI Facebook page when a volunteer is available.. You can still share our post with your Facebook friends like you have always done. But you will now have the ability to search by area by using the HeLP map.
We would like to encourage our fans, Illinois shelters, animal control facilities and stray holding facilities to check out the HeLP website and become familiar with it. It truly has the capability of being the ONE national lost and found database that is so badly needed in this country.
Here are the links:
The HeLP map: www.Helpinglostpets.com/MAP
If you have lost or found a dog fill out this report: http://www.helpinglostpets.com/LDIL
Clinic located at Joliet Township Animal Care, Joliet, IL Contact 815-725-0333 for more information
Yesterday my husband and I were driving to Crystal Lake, Illinois for an appointment. On busy Route 14 we saw a black dog eating trash from a McDonald’s bag on the side of the road. A man had gotten out of his car and was walking towards the dog. We pulled off the road to see if we could help. He asked us if this was our dog, but actually we thought it was his dog.
The dog was so intent on eating the contents of the bag that the man was able to hold onto her collar and pick her up. He said he didn’t have time to find her owners so we took her. Once the dog was in our car, I checked her collar for ID tags. YES! Her name was Lexi and she had an ID tag and a county license tag. I called the number on the ID tag but there was no answer.
My husband informed me we were low on gas and needed to stop to fuel up. At the gas station, I called my friend, Becky, who lives on the same street as Lexi’s family which was on her ID tag. Luckily she was just around the corner doing some shopping so we arranged to meet up and Becky delivered Lexi home.
I got to thinking…. How much would it have cost Lexi’s family to reclaim her from the local animal control if she hadn’t been wearing visible identification?
I pulled up their website:
Redemption Fee: Animals with identification (Id tag, microchips, tattoos), which identifies the owner at their current address – $45.00
Redemption Fee: Animals without identification or identification which does not identify the owner at their current address – $55.00
Boarding fees – $10.00 daily.
Other county fees are different but the point is the same.
Current ID tags and/or a rabies tag will save an owner time and money.
Does your dog have current identification on his/her collar? Your dog is depending on you to make sure he or she gets safely home.
We are pleased to share an increase in the number of dogs reunited with their families from this time last year!