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Microchip helps Humane Society reunite owner with missing, injured dog

Dog survives car accident before returning home

SAN ANTONIO - If dogs could talk, Moree would have quite a tale to tell.

The two-year-old Shepherd mix escaped from his far Northwest Side gated backyard Thanksgiving Day, embarking on a five day adventure and driving his owner Jennifer Benavides crazy in the process.

"We went out looking for him for a couple of hours, but we couldn't find him in the neighborhood," said Benavides.

Benavides then posted flyers in the area and several ads on Craigslist. Someone finally called with good news Monday.

"Five days later, I get the call from the Humane Society that he has been turned in injured," Benavides said.

Moree was hit by a car Monday afternoon somewhere along Bandera Road, several miles from his home. A Good Samaritan picked up the injured dog and took him to the Humane Society.

Moree's ID tags had fallen off his collar, but his rescuers found everything they needed on his microchip that was implanted when Benavides adopted him from the Humane Society two years ago.

"I was very thankful. I was crying when they called me to tell me that he was there," said Benavides.

Luckily, Moree wasn't seriously injured when he was hit by the car. He had some cuts and bruises, but no broken bones. By Tuesday evening, the dog was recuperating at home.

"He is taking it easy, enjoying being home finally," said Benavides.

While microchips can be helpful in reuniting lost pets with their owners, they're only useful if the information on them is kept up to date.

"We find a decent amount of microchips, but about 70 percent have bad or old information and we still can't reach the owner," said Seamus Nelson, Director of Communications for the San Antonio Humane Society.

Nelson said only about 14 percent of missing pets ever find their way home. Most don't have ID tags or microchips and those that do often have out of date information on them. To help improve those statistics, the Humane Society microchips every pet they adopt out. All pet owners can make an appointment to have their animals micro-chipped by the Humane Society for just $25.

"This is a perfect example of why. Dog tags fall off. Whether they're playing or any number of reasons, a dog tag can fall off," Nelson said. "That microchip is stuck with them for a long time and we can always track down the owner."

Benavides may never know who picked Moree up after he was struck by a car, but she sure is grateful.

"Thank you so much," Benavides said. "You don't know how much it means to me that he was saved.”

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