Dog Reunited With Brooklyn Family Nearly One Year After He Went Missing
Phife Back Home Thanks to Microchip Scanned at Animal Care & Control of NYC
YORK, October 9, 2014 – A
dog hit by a car nearly a year ago—and who then disappeared when the car
continued on with the poor dog stuck underneath—has been reunited with his
family. Phife, a young Lab mix, arrived as a stray at Animal Care & Control
of NYC’s (AC&C) Brooklyn Care Center and that same day AC&C staff
scanned the dog for a microchip and were able to reunite Phife with his guardians.
was adopted from one of AC&C’s partner rescue organizations in 2013. About
two months later, Phife ran out of an enclosed area in a park and into a street
and was hit by a car. The car fled, but Phife was nowhere to be found.
Matthew Dublin and Kendall Layrock, Phife’s owners, searched for hours, but to
no avail. In the following weeks, they continued the search online and
contacted numerous shelters, but could not locate Phife. Eventually they
adopted another dog, Buggy.
and dogs who come through AC&C’s doors are scanned for a microchip, in the
hopes that owner information can be found. Along with pet ID tags and dog
licenses (which are required by law in NYC) microchips are a key tool used to
help reunite lost animals with their families. From January 1 through September
of this year, AC&C—which takes in hundreds of animals each week—has
returned 1,370 animals to their owners, including 1,019 dogs. New Yorkers looking
for lost pets are encouraged to visit AC&C in person, and also search the
Found Pets Database online. This and additional lost/found resources are
available at http://nycacc.org/LostFound.htm/.
“Microchipping your pet, and keeping your
contact information current, is critical,” said Risa Weinstock, Executive
Director of AC&C. “We’re thrilled for Phife and his family, and hope their
story will encourage more New Yorkers to microchip their companion animals.”
Saturday, guardians can have their dogs or cats chipped for $25 at a clinic
sponsored by the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals. The low-cost clinic will
take place from 11am to 3pm at the My Dog Loves Central Park Fair at the
Naumberg Bandshell, located mid-park at 72nd Street.
and cats adopted from AC&C go home with a pre-registered microchip,
included in the adoption fee. AC&C’s three Care Centers in Manhattan,
Brooklyn, and Staten Island are open for adoptions daily 12-7pm. This Friday,
potential adopters can also meet their new best friend at AC&C’s Mobile
Adoption Center outside Petco, Union Square, 860 Broadway (4-7pm) and this
Saturday, at AC&C’s Mobile Adoption Center at NY Veterinary Hospital, 150
E. 74th Street (12-4pm).
incredibly surreal,” Dublin says of the reunion, adding that “Buggy and Phife
get along swimmingly and luckily for us. Phife is totally at home and seems
very happy. Every chance he gets, he licks us and wants to cuddle. We have no
idea where he's been for the last 10 months, but we couldn't be happier he's
back with us and he seems to feel the same.”
Photo credits: Kendall Layrock.
Animal Care & Control of NYC
& Control of NYC (AC&C) is one of the largest animal welfare
organizations in the country, taking in approximately 30,000 animals each year.
AC&C is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that rescues, cares for and finds loving
homes for animals throughout the five boroughs. AC&C has a contract with
the City of New York to be an open-admissions organization, which means it
never turns away any homeless, abandoned, injured or sick animal in need of
help, including cats, dogs, rabbits, small mammals, reptiles, birds, farm
animals and wildlife. It is the only organization in NYC with this unique
responsibility. Visit www.nycacc.org for more information, and follow
AC&C at facebook.com/NYCACC and @NYCACC.