Two years ago, Jose Andaverde found himself living in his car after a divorce. Desperate to save his dog Chaos from being stuck in that scary situation, Andaverde temporarily left him with a distant friend, trusting that he would be safe.
“I wasn’t going to give him to a shelter. I wanted some place for him to be happy until I got back on my feet,” Andaverde told The Huffington Post.
Three months later, when Andaverde found himself in a better situation, the individual refused to return his dog. We can only imagine the sadness that overcame him—how could he hold onto hope? Amazingly, Andaverde got some unexpected news when a shelter worker from Winnebago County Services noticed a dog in her driveway sometime later, and gave him a call with the two-year-old information on Chaos’s microchip.
“I couldn’t get to the shelter fast enough,” he said, and made the hour and a half trip that morning. Sure enough, it was his dog that nervously approached him outside. Chaos was (quite literally) frozen in disbelief, slowly inching toward the person he hardly recognized.
But when he does, it’s no wonder everybody breaks down in tears. “I was speechless and I couldn’t stop smiling. I just couldn’t believe it,” he says. Andaverde added after the fact:
I did debate getting the microchip for Chaos because at that time, it was all about affordability. I was living paycheck to paycheck and was worried about food and shelter. But I just had this feeling that it was the best thing to do, and it turned out to be the best thing I ever did! Honestly, without that chip, I know in my heart, that I would’ve never seen him again.
In the years that passed while Chaos was gone, Andaverde did get another dog. After the trip home—during which Chaos just rested his head on his human’s shoulder—he called the shelter to say that “they started playing and running around acting like they have been together since they were puppies!!”
It’s a beautiful end to a story that may not have been without that microchip. Is there any better reason to make sure your pup is safe, no matter what?
Feature Image: Facebook/ Winnebago County Animal Services