Category Archives: Microchips

More Ways To Ensure You’re Reunited With Your Lost Dog

In the past, before the advent of today’s technology, the internet and social media, we had few options when it came to looking for a lost pet. Putting up flyers around the neighborhood and checking the local shelters were among the few choices available.

Along with the obvious options of microchipping, purchasing ID tags, even getting your pet tattooed, there are also methods or ensuring you’re reunited with your pet should they become lost. When inserting a microchip, make sure it’s properly registered and keep the information current if you happen to move, change your phone number or other contact data. Especially if you lose your dog, be sure to contact the chip provider and ensure the info is correct.

Keeping this in mind, here are some other ways to help ensure you’ll be reunited with your pet should they become lost or stolen:

Social Media

For animal lovers, many of us post pictures of our pets online and this could be helpful if they go missing. Keeping your online friends informed about the connection between you and your dog could come in handy if you reach out to them to help locate your pet.

 

Flyers First

Again, back in the old days, when a pet went missing one of the first things we did was post flyers around our community notifying our neighbors of their absence. This is still one of the most successful methods of finding a lost animal, but think about using the internet to spread the word online as well.

Many of our email and text contacts are friends and family that live nearby. Send a post to them with a picture of your pet and ask for their assistance. Then request they forward this message to their nearby friends and family. This way your message has the potential of reaching hundreds or even thousands of other recipients.

Other Avenues To Explore

Speaking of the internet, don’t forget other options like checking out the Lost Dogs of America website. Here you can put a online listing about the loss of your pet and check to see if someone has posted they have found your dog. They’ll also provide you with a free flyer and list it on one of their individual Facebook pages according to State.

Thank you Amber Kingsley for your article contribution.

 

Free Health Canine Clinic – North Chicago

Lost Dogs Illinois has been busy the last few months participating in Free Health Care Clinics throughout the Chicagoland area.  The North Chicago Free Health Canine Clinic for Chicago sponsored by the Bryan and Amanda Bickell Foundation was a huge success!.

Over 300 dogs received Free engraved ID tags from Lost Dogs Illinois which were attached to their collar before their families left the clinic.  Collars and leashes were donated by Realtors to the Rescue and Lost Dogs Illinois. The Bickell Foundation donated all the vaccines and microchips.

Pictures are worth a thousand words…..

Busy making ID tags

Busy making ID tags

14963174_10209391814365700_28433221668004680_n

Attaching an ID tag onto a new collar!

15055716_10209391806005491_5681512808200427045_n

The line was a block long.

15027431_10209391806245497_7775291942060257608_n

Patiently watiing…….

img_0856

img_0861

Organizations Working Together To Keep Families and Pets in Their Homes

Another busy Saturday in Englewood for Lost Dogs Illinois, Chicago Wolves, Realtors to the Rescue, Barriers Against Repeated Cruelty, Pals with Pawz and others.  Over 380 dogs and cats received free vaccinations, food, toys, free microchips, free collars, harnesses, leashes and a personal engraved ID tag.  This summer 1,616 dogs and cats in Aldermen Raymond Lopez’s 15th ward received these much needed free services.

Lost Dogs Illinois, Chicago Wolves and Realtors of Rescue joined forces this summer to help those who live in underserved areas. We believe in preserving the human/animal bond and with these Free Health Clinics it has given families and their four legged members hope.

In order to keep those momentum going, LDI needs your help.  A small donation of $10.00 will purchase an ID tag and a collar/leash. You can donate by clicking here. http://www.lostdogsillinois.org/support-ldi/donate/

Pictures tell it all…….

Chip, LDI's mascot. waiting for the event to start.

Chip, LDI’s mascot. waiting for the event to start.

Chicago residents lining up for the clinic.

Chicago residents lining up for the clinic.

14600945_10209053902238108_4115648445380876230_n

This pretty girl left with a new pink harness, martingale collar w/her ID tag attached and two new leashes.

Oh those ears!!!!

Oh those ears!!!!

Cats even received microchips, collars and ID tags.

Cats even received microchips, collars and ID tags.

Waiting to be size for a harness and collar.

Waiting to be size for a harness and collar.

Volunteer putting an ID tag on the dog's collar.

Volunteer putting an ID tag on the dog’s collar.

 

 

 

Paving the way to keep Pets in their homes!

At the Brighton Park Area Free Pet Health Fair (Saturday, 10/1) approximately 390 dogs, cats & bunnies received a personally engraved IG tag donated by Lost Dogs Illinois. As each dog left the clinic, their tag was attached to their collar or harness.  They also received free vaccines and microchips which were registered to the owner at implant. Food and toys were also donated.  This event was generously sponsored by the Chicago Wolves organization.  Lost Dogs Illinois would like give a special shout out to Realtors to the Rescue who have generously donated over $6,000 to LDI this year to allow us to provide ID tags, collars, harnesses and leashes.  Thank you to staff and volunteers of City of Chicago Animal and Control who came to help.  The new face of sheltering is prevention and preserving the human/animal bond.  Lets keep these pets in their homes!

For us to continue this kind of program, a small donation of $10.00 will purchase an ID tag and a collar/leash. You can donate by clicking here. http://www.lostdogsillinois.org/support-ldi/donate/

These series of photos say it all……

unspecified-2

unspecified-8

unspecified-5

unspecified-3

 

unspecified-4

unspecified-6

unspecified-7

img_0645

Paving the Way to Keep Dogs with their Families

At the Pullman Area Free Pet Health Fair (Saturday, 9/24th) approximately 356 dogs and cats received a personally engraved IG tag donated by Lost Dogs Illinois. As each dog left the clinic, their tag was attached to their new collar.  They also received free vaccines, microchips which were registered to the owner at implant. Food, toys,  collars and leashes were also donated. Thanks to the Chicago Wolves organization for sponsoring this clinic.The Chicago Wolves .  Lost Dogs Illinois would like give a special shout out to Realtors to the Rescue who have generously donated over $5,000 to LDI this year to allow us to participate in these events.  These various free services reached over 380 dogs and cats.

For us to continue this kind of program, a small donation of $10.00 will purchase an ID tag and a collar/leash. You can donate by clicking here. http://www.lostdogsillinois.org/support-ldi/donate/

These series of photos say it all……

pullman-clinic-15

pullman-clinic-1

pullman-clinic-10

roseland3

roseland2

roseland7pullman-clinic-9

Pet Extravaganza – August 20, 2016 – Giving Back To The Community

Neither rain, snow, sleet, 50 mph wind gusts, nor 100-degree heat can keep our volunteers from attending free/low cost vaccine/microchip clinics this year. Last Saturday the LDI volunteers attended the Pet Extravaganza at Pottawattamie Dog Park. Over 75 dogs and even some cats received Free engraved ID tags donated by LDI.

Pet Ex 8.20.16

During the year,  LDI has donated engraved ID tags along with collars and microchips at different vaccine clinics.

Our community of supporters enables us to provide these services for FREE. Help Us to Help Others to insure they have the tools to find their lost dog!   You can donate by clicking here.

 

LDI Volunteers

LDI Volunteers

The Stars Aligned for Buster, a lost dog…

On Thursday, August 4th, Susan, Lost Dogs Illinois’s (LDI) Director, received an email from Arthur H., City of Chicago Animal Care and Control (CACC) shelter manager, asking if LDI would help with a dead end chip. Art included the kennel card and the results of CACC’s own search.

kennel_card_may_2016 (1)

Susan posted the search request on the Microchip Hunters group asking for help. The chip was a 900 chip and can be very hard to research.  On a whim Susan decided to Google the microchip. An ad for the basset came up on a website. She tried contacting the website with no results.

Screen Shot 2016-08-07 at 12.52.54 PM

Basset Hound Puppy with matching microchip ID number

On Friday, Susan decided to post an alert to LDI Fans about this found basset hound with a “dead end” chip. Within an hour, we read a comment from Jenn, LDI Fan, had reached a contact on the website. The website contact was calling the breeder. The breeder called back with the pet store phone number. Jenn called the pet store and got the owner’s name.

Jenn contacted Susan with the owner’s name and phone number. Immediately Susan called the owner who just that day arrived home from vacation and did not know  Buster was missing. The relative who was taking care of Buster had not informed her that Buster had gone missing on 8/1. An Oh Oh moment!

Susan called CACC’s Director, Susan R, to inform her that Buster’s family was coming to the shelter to claim their dog. By the time Susan got to the desk, the relative was there claiming the dog and had all necessary paperwork.

Welcome Home Buster!

Welcome Home Buster!

Buster did not need a new home; he needed to go home. Thank you, Art, for contacting LDI to help in the research of the chip. Thank you, Jenn, for becoming part of a community to help Buster get home.

LDI/LDOA does provide a service to help in the search of dead end chips and tags. To learn more……click on this link Microchip Hunters

 

 

Free Pet Health Fair – July 30,2016

Jackie, Lydia, Susan, Alderman Lopez & Rebecca

Jackie, Lydia, Susan, Alderman Lopez & Rebecca

What happens when a City funded animal control (City of Chicago Animal Care and Control), not for profit organization (Lost Dogs Illinois) and a professional hockey team (Chicago Wolves) join together for the second time?  They put on a Free Pet Health Fair sponsored by Alderman Raymond Lopez.

As quoted on Lopez’s Facebook page:  “On average, the rabies vaccination as well as the five main canine vaccines can cost up to $150 per pet. Thanks to this collaborative effort, not only was I able to keep our pets current on their shots & healthy, but also save 15th Ward Residents over $105,000 in required vaccination costs!”

Also each dog was microchipped and received an engraved ID tag that was attached to their collar.  Over 400 ID tags were donated by Lost Dogs Illinois.

These pictures say it all….. preserving the human/animal bond.

IMG_0628

IMG_0620

13680798_10208480913153739_5901174408271066499_n

 

13882198_10208480904873532_178519713570860512_n

13876413_10208480907153589_4054035523337794462_n

13895133_10208480909913658_3637326936841710022_n

Preserving Human/Animal Bond

Waiting in the shade.

Last Saturday in sizzling heat of 90 degrees-plus, approximately 100 dogs and a couple of cats received free vaccinations, microchips with free lifetime registration, flea and tick products, Martingale collars, leashes and an engraved ID tag that was promptly attached to each pet’s collar.  Thirty-five volunteers from other organizations and Lost Dogs Illinois partnered together to work with North Chicago Animal Control.

Lost Dogs Illinois is one of the first organizations in the state dedicated to preserving the human/animal bond. We believe people want to do right by their animals.  When you bring affordable services and resources to a community, they will come.  So in that tone, we think these pictures says it all……

Best Buddies!

Best Buddies!

Engraving ID tags

Engraving ID tags

Love!

Love!

Dogs love kids!

Dogs love kids!

Attaching an ID tag

Attaching an ID tag

Joy!

Joy!

Registration and Free goodie bags

Registration and Free goodie bags

Waiting patiently!

Waiting patiently!

Photo credits….Amy K.

Scanning to make sure the microchip was inserted.

Scanning to make sure the microchip was inserted.

Chipped and tagged ready to go!

Chipped and tagged ready to go!

Orland Park Township Pet Palooza – June 25,2016

Several hundred people attended the Orland Park Township Pet Palooza in support of the Pet Food Pantry.

Orland Park 6.15.16

Lost Dogs Illinois Booth

Lost Dogs Illinois offered free microchip scans.  Each dog was scanned to see if the chip was working.  Also the owner was given the microchip number and the Company’s phone number to check if the owner’s contact information is correct.

FotoFlexer_Photo

Scanning different dogs.