Microchip Helps Bring Missing Dog Home After 10 Years

Have you ever pondered the importance of a microchip? That tiny, grain-sized chip which contains owner contact information? The recent discovery of a dog in San Francisco, California, is a ringing endorsement for microchips, if ever there was one.

Thanks to a good Samaritan who heard (and responded to!) a dog’s distressed cries coming from a hillside in Fort Funston, little Mooshu, a 12-year-old Pekingese, was found.

Fort Funston

According to ABC 7 News, Erika Slovikoski found the senior dog, who wasn’t wearing a collar, on Tuesday. After failing to find the dog’s owner, Slovikoski took the dog to the Animal Care and Control for the city of San Francisco – it was there that she discovered that the stray dog she found had been missing for an astonishing ten years.

Suffice to say, Slovikoski was shocked – she told ABC 7, “I thought I was returning somebody’s dog missing for hours, shocking.”

If not for the embedded microchip, nobody would have known who Mooshu truly belonged to. The animal control agency highlighted Mooshu’s story on Tuesday as a reminder of the importance of microchipping pets; the agency stated:

Today we reunited 12 year old Moo Shu with the family she hasn’t seen in TEN YEARS thanks to a microchip! Thank you Erika and thank you to Moo Shu’s mom who had the foresight to microchip her dog!

Mooshu’s family is currently traveling out of the country, but they were contacted and are “thrilled” that their long-lost dog has been found. Mooshu is staying with a friend of the family until her owners return.

Residents in the San Francisco area can take advantage of a special offer on Pet Pride Day which takes place on October 30 (from noon to 5) – dogs who are licensed in San Francisco can get a free microchip at the event. Unlicensed dogs can get a microchip for $20.


Find the San Francisco Animal Care Facebook page here. Read more about Pet Pride Day here.


Penny Eims

Penny is a freelance writer who provided content to her National Dog News column at Examiner.com for 8 years. She is a current contributor to Fido Friendly Magazine, as well as a newly formed website, Pet Rescue Report. Penny is married and she has two rescued German shepherds and two kids.

1 comment

  1. Jill Clark says:

    That’s both happy and sad. Ten years is almost the dog’s entire life. Sounds like someone dropped the pooch off. Food or shelter, Mooshu wouldn’t have made it. Good story.

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