Jasper was finally reunited with his family after he went missing eight long years ago, and it was all thanks to a microchip.
Microchips are one of the best inventions of our generation and everyone who has a pet should definitely consider microchipping their pets just in case anything happens. Nobody likes it when their pet goes missing. Sometimes they return home in a matter of days, and sometimes they don't. We get anxious and worried and wouldn't ever think of giving up on them and try our best to find them. Weeks and months go by and we start to lose hope and hope that they are okay wherever they are, and perhaps they have been adopted by a nice, loving new owner.
Well, thanks to the microchip, a dog named Jasper who was reported to be missing for nearly a decade was finally reunited with his family. The Hendry family of Ouachita Parish, Louisiana, recently received the good news of their lost dog finally being spotted out of nowhere. This good news first came to them as a shock because the family had no idea that Jasper was still alive. They received the news from the Huston SPCA, as reported by KHOU.
Jasper's owner Tiffany Hendry said, "A couple days ago when we get a phone call from Houston SPCA, we were like, 'Wait, what? You have our dog Jasper who went missing eight years ago? Like this cannot be real.'" According to the owner, Jasper always had a bad habit of escaping from the family's backyard in Monroe, Louisiana, but would always return home. The last time he pulled such a stunt, he never returned home. The family was left worried and searched for him in the neighborhood and at the pound before finally giving up.
In the interview, Tiffany explained, "The last time he got out, we just never saw him again, we had him chipped because our previous dog before that, someone had stolen her and so we were devastated because he’s part of the family." She further added, "After checking the pound and checking the neighborhood we just gave up hope and we just thought he was dead honestly." But Jasper was well and alive. He had been in Houston all along and last Friday, he finally showed up at the Huston SPCA.
Julie Kuenstle, vice president of communications for the Houston SPCA said, "This is an amazing story and it is proof that microchipping works and that it’s really important." According to the Huston SPCA, Jasper had been recused by a family living in Louisiana after they found him wandering about. They made sure to take good care of him for the eight years that he lived with them. During his time with the family, they moved to Houston. The family was unable to care for the 12-year-dog which is why he showed up at the Huston SPCA.
Kuenstle said, "Jasper came to us over the weekend in very good condition, we checked the microchip, like we always do through our admissions process, and the family’s information came up through the microchip." He further explained, "We contacted them immediately, they were shocked that their sweet puppy was still alive and really surprising is that it was in Houston of all places."
This was the second time in the Hendry family history that they lost a pet dog. The first one did not have a microchip and hence could never be traced. This was the main reason behind why the family made sure to get a microchip for Jasper. in an interview with KNOE, Mathew Hendry said, "Chip your animals." He further added, "You just never know. Hopefully, it’ll give some people a glimmer of hope. Maybe they’ll see one of their lost animals again."
The Hendry family have friends in Huston who offered to bring Jasper back home to them. They received the news from a Facebook post that the family put up. Tiffany said, "I was like, 'Are you kidding me? That would be such a blessing!'" She further explained, "Later that evening when we got home and it was just us, he climbed up on the couch and got in my lap and cuddled with me. It’s like these moments where he looked at me dead in the eye almost if like to say, I know you. He was just looking into my heart saying, 'I know who you are, I never forgot you.'"