A dog found in Cedar Rapids is now home with its owner in New Orleans, thanks to identification technology.Sam the dog was found near an elementary school in Cedar Rapids. He had been missing from his family thousand of miles away for four years.”Just can’t believe that this is all happening,” said Donielle Lambert, Sam’s owner. “Things like this just don’t happen to us.”For Lambert and her family, the Louisiana homecoming is four years in the making.”And all those years I thought I would never see him again and here I am, getting my dog back, finally,” said Karisa Lambert. Thanks to a microchip, this reunion was able to happen. Places like the Cedar Bend Humane Society in Waterloo help with those reunions all the time. A vet technician microchips all dogs and cats that will be adopted.”If an animal does come through, we have so many that we aren’t able to find owners for, and we can’t help but think if pretty much every animal that came through was already micro-chipped, that would increase our redemption quite a bit,” said Caitlin Evans with the Cedar Bend Humane Society. It’s an identification device injected between the shoulder blades. It’s the size of a grain of rice. When scanned, it can be tracked back to the animal’s owner.Experts with the Humane Society say identification tags are important, but microchips last forever.”It’s something that people just can’t remove if they want to, you know, keep the animal,” said Amber Lang, Cedar Bend Humane Society. “It’s going to be in that animal until it dies.”The Humane Society hopes pet owners continue to microchip their pets so reunions like this can happen more often.In 2014, the Cedar Bend Humane Society had 258 stray dogs brought in. More than half were claimed by their owner. Experts stress more would have been reclaimed if all animals were micro-chipped.
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