Kathy Schobinger couldn’t believe it. Words she never thought she would hear were coming through the phone: Kipper has been found! Nearly two and half years after disappearing from outside the Schobinger’s residence in Live Oak, the family Maltese- Poodle mix had been surrendered to a nearby veterinarian’s office. The office, which had checked Kipper’s microchip, called Ms. Schobinger right away. “He looked a little worse for wear but it was him” said Schobinger. Kipper went home that night. “It was a moment of great happiness for us to finally have him back,” Schobinger said. He is still getting acquainted with the family’s new dog, Molly. The family didn’t have any realistic hope of seeing him again. The possibilities and their worries were endless: was he alive, is he being taken care of, is he ok. Fortunately, Kipper didn’t wander into danger, but where he went is still a mystery. On the day that Kipper went missing March 20, 2015, Schobinger made contact with a witness that saw Kipper being picked up by a woman in a pickup truck. An extensive search was mounted. Posters were put up, Animal Control offices in the Tricity area were alerted, and a reward was offered on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Craigslist, all to no avail. Many calls came in of small white dogs being found, but none had the warm little brown nose familiar to the Schobinger family. Then the calls stopped.
“When I picked him up, the vet office staff was ready,” Schobinger recalls. “The entire staff came out filming, crying and clapping.” On the phone they told her that he had been sad all day but when Kathy saw him, he leaped from the tech’s arms to Kathy’s arms. It was like a day, a month or even two years had not passed. We will probably never know what happened or where he has been. If only he could talk.”
Fortunately for Kipper, he was adopted and micro-chipped from our Animal Care Facility back in 2013. We firmly believe micro-chipping your animals is very important and have assisted in reuniting hundreds of pets with their owners over the years. The most effective way to allow the microchips to work is to have them registered with up-to-date contact information. Losing your pet can be a horrible and traumatic experience and regardless of whether you’re pet predominately stays indoors or wears a collar with tags, they are not foolproof. Collars can fall off or be removed; tags can go missing which leaves your pet out in the streets with no form of identification. At that point, your pet can end up at an animal control facility or shelter for days, months, or years before being reunited with his or her owner or being adopted.
Officer Derrick has also experienced the power of what micro-chipping your pet can do. Two years ago, his dogs also went missing from his backyard and the only evidence left behind were broken fence boards and their collars. Thankfully, a week later they were found by a resident in Converse who took them to an animal hospital to scan them for a chip. If micro-chipping worked for Derrick’s pups and Kipper, they can definitely work for you.
For more information on micro-chipping, you can contact 210-653-9140, ext. 2228.
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