Last weekend I was lucky enough to meet the famous Duncan Lou Who (DLW) of Panda Paws Rescue while he was down at the Portland Saturday Market with his family. Duncan is a young male boxer who was born with four legs, but the back two were fused into nearly a pretzel like shape. His best chance for a happy life was to have them removed, and that’s just what his caretakers Amanda & Gary of Panda Paws Rescue decided to do.
They’ve tried to have Duncan use several different wheelchairs and he despises them, so instead he runs free as he wants to be <3 He’s sweet, and gentle and so silly with the perfect pout and I absolutely felt honored to meet him. Please be sure to click through on the first link mentioning Panda Paws Rescue, they have an incredible collection of videos on their youtube page, and you can easily donate if you feel so inclined.
Image credit: First image taken by Gary Walter of PPR on my iPhone, 2nd image taken by Gary Walters for PPR facebook.
- 12 year old German Shepherd comes into the shelter. No collar at all. Looks healthy- no one’s called missing him- but we knew the old boy belonged somewhere. We scan him, and find out that he’s microchipped- hooray! A bit of phone call time and contact info chasing later, and he’s reunited with his beloved family. He wasn’t wearing his collar because he’d just been bathed- and picked the worst moment to wander out of his families yard.
- Then there was a 5 year old stray Siamese cat that we were processing for adoption. He gets scanned and has a microchip. Holy cow! It took several days of tracking down through the microchip company but we finally got ahold of his owners. He had been missing for THREE YEARS! Theirs was one of the happiest reunions I’ve seen
In both of these cases though, a lot of work was needed to reunite pet and owner. First you must call the 800 number for the company who implanted the chip in the animal. Then the company must check their records to find contact information on the owner. Here’s the thing though- many pets are microchipped but NEVER registered- meaning there is no contact information on the owner of that animal. Occasionally- a pet has been registered in the name of the animal shelter, rescue organization, or vets office. Then that company or organization must be contacted, and they have to search their records to find a match on that Microchip ID (if they even keep them!) so you can see there is a lot of room for improvement in this current system. That’s where Fetch ID has stepped in to fill the gap.
Fetch ID is a new service that registers microchip #’s for all brands of microchips. This is a vitally important factor as there are several different companies that provide microchip services- as seen in the graphic below. Nowadays ‘universal microchip scanners’ exist, but back when microchips first hit the market- each company had their own scanner too- further muddling the process. Scooter has an Avid microchip, while Bear’s is Home Again- it’s so nice for a pet parent like me to be able to have a service that tracks and manages both of them!
“Fetch ID was created to streamline the process of reuniting pets and their owners. Once a pet is registered with Fetch ID, a rescuer only has to perform a quick Google search of the ID number to instantly retrieve an owner’s phone number or email
address to contact them directly and a picture of the pet for instant verification.”
Adopt me maybe?
Onyxx is still available for adoption in the Portland, OR area. He’s been a great little house guest- anyone would be lucky to call him their best friend!
Learn more about adopting Onyxx here.
We have highly adorable, highly adoptable Onyxx (foster dog of Tenacious Little Terrier) here for a week to stay. Bear & Scooter are excited about having a friend to play! We had our pup-date last weekend and luckily things went along well between the boys…I’m sure I’ll be posting more photos than usual on facebook, instagram, and twitter. Stay tuned…if cute puppy photos are your thang
We’ve really been missing fostering dogs recently. And while our curring living situation doesn’t allow us to foster, we’ve got a few friends who do! Today we’d like to introduce you to Onyxx, a very sweet and dapper 5 lb male chihuahua who would love to have his own furever home for Christmas.
Take a look at this little cutie!
Onyxx is a very sweet long haired Chihuahua who came from a home where he was very much neglected. He was infested with fleas and was missing most of the hair around his eyes, on his back, his hind legs and tail. A bath, flea treatment, good food, and a little TLC and now, he’s so handsome!
Onyxx is very friendly and playful with other small dogs, as soon as he knows they are safe. He is nervous around small children. He loves to play with toys and other small dogs, just like a puppy. And of course he’s housebroken! If you are in the Portland, OR area, and are interested in being a furever family for Onyxx please learn more here.