In late 2019, dog lover Courtney Kiser contacted us to see if her dog Lakin, a black and white border collie, had shown up at the San Angelo Animal Shelter. Ms. Kiser’s dog was a member of the family and a much loved pet. Lakin, had even participated in her humans’ engagement story by helping Mr. Kiser present his now-wife with an engagement ring. They were heartbroken that she’d somehow escaped their yard.
Unfortunately, her dog was not in residence at the shelter, but we encouraged her to post a picture on the local lost and found website www.helpmegethome.com
. We also asked if Lakin was microchipped and luckily she was! City staff encouraged Ms. Kiser to contact the microchip company to let them know the dog was missing and make sure they had her current contact information. Sometimes, pet owners move or change phone numbers over the life of the pet, so it’s a good idea to check with your microchip company regularly to confirm they have accurate data. The San Angelo Animal Shelter can assist you with this as can any vet clinic in San Angelo.
Months went by with no word on Lakin’s whereabouts. But one day in mid-January, the Kiser’s got a hit! Lakin arrived at the San Angelo animal shelter a few minutes before 5 p.m. as a citizen found her wandering at Twin Buttes Reservoir. We first scanned her for a microchip, as we do with every animal that arrives at the shelter, and got the good news. We then contacted Ms. Kiser immediately, who was soon in tears with the happy news. Ms. Kiser rushed to the animal shelter before closing time and these pictures tell the story best of the happy reunion.
We thank responsible pet parents like the Kiser’s and encourage everyone to microchip their pets now. It’s of course required for residents of San Angelo and is offered for $13 at the San Angelo Animal Shelter Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Morgan Chegwidden is the Assistant Director of Neighborhood and Family Services for the City of San Angelo. Contact her at (325) 657-4224 or email@example.com.