Recovery Stories

Avid microchips and the PETtrac Recovery Network have successfully reunited millions of lost pets with their owners. Read stories about pets who had gone missing for days, months, or even years; sometimes traveling hundreds of miles. Share your pet's return-home story with us.

Lost and found after 10 years!!!

After 10 years of being lost, my dog Ginger was found in Houston Texas. She was found on a busy highway, alone, dirty, with matted hair and a big red bow. Byron, the person who found Ginger took her to his girlfriend and she took Ginger to a vet to see if she had a chip. Ginger w ...Read more


our dog was lost on Saturday, we looked for him at night and could not find him after 3 hours of searching, the next morning and afternoon we had the same results after 6 hours. On Monday I received a call from an avid employee saying that Marco was found, thanks to the microchi ...Read more

Myah's Scary Adventure

We live deep in the country and our little 13 year old Maltese Myah wandered down our driveway one freezing day before Thanksgiving as my husband was filling the bird feeders. Let me just say that Myah 'never' goes more than 10-20 feet from the house. To take her on walks, we hav ...Read more

Nugget Returns!

My dog spent this afternoon blazing a path through the food court of a nearby indoor mall, making friends with everyone while we sat at home crying our eyes out, after searching fruitlessly for 5 hours. He finally got BUSTED by security at the Sunglass Hut. An employee kindly dro ...Read more

Found After Four Months

We are a military family and we had recently moved from Germany to El Paso, TX. The transition was extremely stressfull for our cat G.I. Joe (Joe) and one day he got out of the house. We looked everywhere for him, posted up lost pet flyers in the neighborhood, and left flyers ...Read more

Lost in Chicago

The mailman left the front gate open and our 15 yr old, miniature Schnauzer wandered away. With his poor health, I was worried he would not find his way home. I printed 100 signs with colored photos, and begin posting them around the neighborhood but I soon realized that he was g ...Read more

After 18 months, Home!

Boo Boo is not our dog. We found her on July 9th on a freeway off ramp that leads to a very busy street with no collar or tags. She was panting and quite obviously tired. When she tried to jump in the car right away, we knew that she must be someone's pet. We got her home to our ...Read more

Shadow Found Quickly

We are not sure how Shadow got out of the backyard, but my husband was mowing the yard when he realized Shadow was gone. We immediately began searching the area. Ten minutes later my husband receives a call from PETtrac, a Good Samaritan was holding Shadow. Shadow was still in ou ...Read more

Most Thankful Thanksgiving Ever!

The week before Christmas 2012, we relocated from college station, TX to the Dallas area. It was a big move for us that involved a lot of turmoil for our three cats. Miller, our 3-year-old tuxedo was particularly stressed. We had found Miller as a stray when he was about a yea ...Read more

The Great Escape

On Jan 3rd, 2014 our little Ellie and her sister escaped from our fenced backyard. They had secretly been digging a hole under our fence at the side of the house. Ellie is 9 months old and around 90 lbs so you can imagine the size of the hole. I realized around 11 AM that she ...Read more