Microchip reunites dog at Rockford shelter with owner in Colorado

Winnebago County Animal Services report

Peggy Cowans of Thornton, Colo., was surprised when she received a call from Winnebago County Animal Services (WCAS) with the news that her lost dog, named “Double D,” was at the shelter in Rockford, which is more than 950 miles away from her home. The brown-and-white female pitbull was found running loose in a Roscoe neighborhood and had been missing from its home in Colorado for about a year. The dog had been used as an assistance dog for her now 11-year-old great grandson, who is autistic.

On Monday or Tuesday the week of June 30, Double D will be on her way back home, thanks to a microchip that Cowans had implanted before the dog went missing. A microchip is the size of a grain of rice and is inserted under the skin of a cat or dog, usually around the shoulder area.

WCAS was able to obtain Cowans’ current address and phone number by tracing the microchip through the chip’s manufacturer, where it was registered.

All lost cats and dogs that come into WCAS are immediately scanned using a universal scanner. Animal Services also scans the animal before it is spayed or neutered, adopted or euthanized.

WCAS encourages all residents who have lost or found a pet to visit the shelter for assistance and complete a lost or found report. WCAS will scan any found pet free of charge. For more about lost and found pets, visit wcasrock.org and click on the Lost and Found link.

Posted June 27, 2014

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