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Reunited After 6 Years Thanks to a Microchip

After missing more than 6 years, Spanky has been reunited with his family.

It was a warm summer day and a good Samaritan named Heather was out for a walk with her dog. She came across a little yorkie mix and quickly reported him to our Facebook group, Lost and Found Pets 941.

Lost Pet Services (LPS) sent a volunteer to go scan the dog for a chip. Thankfully, the owner knew to keep his microchip updated. We were able to reach Spanky's owner right away and they were in a state of shock thinking they would never see Spanky again.

Virginia, Spanky's owner, was in tears when she called back to find out how to be reunited with him. He was only 2 years old when he went missing on 3-26-2014. Virginia knew to call her pet microchip registry, Petlink, to report him as lost. She took all the proper steps to help him get back home, but we believe he was found and kept by someone not caring that he was loved by another family.

Ironically, Spanky now has two other fur siblings -- one named Spanky. His mom never thought she'd see him again and named one of her new dogs after him.

We want to thank Heather Steck Von Seggern for reporting him to us on our FB group's page Lost and Found Pets 941 (Lost Pet Services) and for keeping him safe. Lost Pet Services continues to reunite lost pets 24/7 365. All of the services we offer are free of charge to our local community. Because of special fundraising opportunities like the Giving Challenge offered by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County and the Patterson Foundation, we are able to provide free microchips, free ID tags and free microchip scanners to local volunteers and first responders to help us keep pets home, loved and safe where they belong.

This happy reunion story shows us how important it is to get your pets microchipped and to always be sure the chips are registered and up to date. Lost Pet Services offers free microchips through our Project TLC at the Humane Society of Manatee County and the Animal Rescue Coalition. We are happy to be partners with these two organizatons to help get our local pets chipped.

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