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Dog rescue pushing tiny technology to help reunite lost pets and owners

Rescue staff says microchipping is quick and easy
Posted at 9:36 AM, Jun 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-20 12:36:35-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Kujo Ramos is more than the family dog, he plays an important role in the Polin-Ramos family. Kujo can detect when the family’s youngest son, Jacob Ramos, is about to have a seizure before his family knows about it.

Jacob's mom, Elizabeth Polin, said, “He could be sleeping and he starts barking. So once he knows, it’s like he’s telling us to come back to him. And to let us know that’s what he is. As soon as we do that’s what he’s having is a seizure.”

At the beginning of 2018, while the family was on vacation Kujo got away from his dog-sitter. Polin said her family was crushed and they did everything they could do to find him.

“And we would go almost every day to the dog shelters looking to see if we could find him and nothing," said Polin. "We never gave up hope. Everyday we’d pray that we’d find him.”

After 18 months of searching, someone found Kujo on the street. They took him the local dog rescue Mutts and Runts Rescue and they scanned him for a chip. The microchip in him led Kujo back to his humans.

Mutts and Runts Rescue co-founder, Brandi Reed, said, “When you get a pet the best thing that you can do for your dog and yourself and to save yourself from some hard ache is get your dog microchipped. Make sure your dog has his tags current and his collar on.”

Reed is now using Kujo as an example for getting more pets chipped. She said microchipping a dog is quick and easy and only causes the dog a second of discomfort.

Reed explains as she microchips a dog, “And I’m going to insert just like that. And now I’m going to scan and it’s in there now. Just like that.”

Because Kujo was microchipped he was able to be reunited with his person Jacob. And his family plans to keep Kujo close to Jacob during his future adventures.

Polin said, “We’re going to get a, he has his bike. So we’re going to get a little basket so he can go on the bike rides with him.”

For more information about low cost or free microchipping events at the Kern County Shelter, visit their website. You can also follow the city of Bakersfield's shelter here for their microchipping events. Through July 3rd Ridgecrest is host their own microchipping event. For more information go to their Facebook page.