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Texas dog finds his way back home by microchip

Mars at the airport on his way back to San Antonio

Thanks to one microchip, lots of planning and a network of dedicated animal lovers, Mars, a stray mixed breed terrier recently picked up by Williamson County Animal Control and Adoption Center in Franklin, has now been returned to his hometown of San Antonio.   
Mark Basenberg, Community Relations Director for WCAC got involved when Mars entered the shelter. A scan of the terrier mix revealed a microchip containing identity information. 
“In checking the national microchip registry, we found that Mars hailed from Poquita Paws, a rescue group in San Antonio,” Basenberg said. “With their help, we pieced the story together and found that Mars had escaped from his adopted family, while traveling through the Nashville area.” 
With assistance from Southwest Airlines and a group of faithful volunteers, on Saturday, April 6, a Poquita Paws Rescue representative flew to Nashville and was reunited with Mars. 

Mars and Cheryl Bodenhamer

Through the work of Franklin's Williamson County Animal Control, Mars was reunited with Cheryl Bodenhamer of San Antonio's Poquito Paws Rescue.
They re-boarded another Southwest flight for the return flight to San Antonio. Basenberg said that this saga clearly demonstrates the importance of microchipping family pets. 
“We want to reunite every lost pet with its owner, but without a microchip, we have little to go on,” he said. 
“With a microchip, we can contact the owner by phone or e-mail as soon as a pet comes in to our building. It certainly helped Mars find his way back home.” 
Late Saturday evening, Poquita Paws Rescue reported Mars was safely back at their shelter, where he will be well taken care of until an adoptive family can be found. 

“It provides so much peace of mind,” says Basenberg, “to know your pet will never truly be ‘lost’ if it has a microchip. Mars provides us with the evidence that microchips work, and we are happy to have played a part in his return to Texas.” 
For more information, contact Williamson County Animal Control and Adoption Center at 615-790-5590.

Posted on: 4/10/2013


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