If you’ve ever wondered the importance of microchipping your pet and keeping that information updated, look no further than the story of Sadie. The tiny Yorkie disappeared from her Roscoe Village yard 2 ½-years ago and today is cuddling in the arms of one of her family members – all because of a microchip.
“We never gave up hope that we would be reunited with Sadie, even after we moved from Chicago to Cleveland six months ago,” Nicole Brownell told me via phone while driving back to Chicago to be reunited with Sadie. “We had false alarms over the years and then Save-A-Pet called me yesterday to say that they had her. The microchip came back to us and microchips don’t lie.”
Sadie was found near a busy intersection close to Save-A-Pet’s location in Grayslake. Brownell said she was in “bad shape.” Sadie, who was around nine-years-old and five pounds when she went missing, is now 11-years-old and down to three pounds. Her vision is bad and she was very matted.
“When I got the call, I broke down in tears. When I got home after work and told my daughters, they cried too,” says Brownell. “I always knew in my heart she’d come home. Because she was my baby before I had kids, I always wondered if she was in good hands and being cared for and now she’s coming home to us.”
The Brownell’s highly suspected that Sadie had been stolen from their yard in April of 2010. There had been a rash of dog-nappings in the neighborhood. Her disappearance lead to the forming of “Team Sadie” as friends and neighbors searched for over two years to find her.
“I met Nicole after I saw her husband hanging posters of Sadie in the neighborhood,” says Lori Neumann, part of Team Sadie. “We pulled out all the stops trying to find her by blanketing the neighborhood and getting the story on NBC and the radio. I’m so happy that Sadie now gets to spend her golden years with the family that never stopped looking for her.”
Team Sadie has been on overdrive since Save-A-Pet and Brownell connected yesterday. A friend picked her up at the shelter. Today was a much needed spa day for Sadie, who was so matted when rescued she couldn’t even go to the bathroom. She’s also seeing a vet before cuddling in with Brownell and heading to Cleveland tomorrow.
“I was stunned, quite honestly, with the outpouring of love and concern from total strangers during our ordeal,” says Brownell. “It has restored my faith in human kindness. I’ve gotten hundreds of comments on her social media outlets.”
When the Brownell’s moved to Cleveland six months after Sadie’s disappearance, they kept the cell phone active that had been fielding calls for Sadie. The always made sure the information at the microchip company was current. This week, that updated information has Sadie heading home.
Because people often bring new pets into the vet to be checked out, Brownell would love to see a Sadie’s law. That would make it mandatory for all new pets at a veterinary clinic to be scanned and checked in case a pet has been reported missing.
If you’d like to know what to do if your dog is missing or you find a missing dog, please click the links below for stories on Lost Dogs Illinois. And, don’t forget to call the microchip company and make sure your pet’s information is up-to-date.