One of the biggest terrors that pet owners have is the thought of a pet running away or being stolen. People can spend months searching for their beloved cat or dog with very little success. Yet every once in a while, a miracle occurs. Pets find their way back to their owners years after they have gone missing. Read on for more stories of pets reuniting with their owners, and take note that microchipping is often the key to reuniting with a lost pet.
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After disappearing through a hole in the backyard, April Allen spent weeks searching for Princess. The Bichon Frise was nowhere to be found, and Allen eventually gave up looking. After moving away from Pomona, Calif., Allen was shocked to get a call from Riverside County Animal Services. They had found Princess wandering the streets and contacted Allen after scanning for a microchip.
Taz disappeared on Halloween night in Portland, Oregon, with his owners convinced that a coyote had somehow gotten him. After three years, Taz was seen running across a busy street by two Good Samaritans, who took the canine to a local vet. Taz had been microchipped, and they called Brenda Davies to let her know the dog had been found. No one knows where the pooch was for three years, but Davies was just happy to have him home again.
After letting Dallas outside to explore one night, Jacki Sharp panicked when he did not return. Sharp spent weeks searching for him with no luck. Thirteen years later, after moving several times, Sharp received a call from the VCA Animal Care Center telling her that they had found her cat. A man had found Dallas near the same creek where he had originally went missing. The two were soon reunited after Dallas received medical care.
This Beagle wandered away after her family let her out of the house in Louisville, Kentucky. Cindy and Ernie Romans fruitlessly searched for their dog. She ended up in a kill shelter where the Forever Home Beagle Rescue found her. Sassy was sent to a foster home in Brentwood, Penn., where she developed a cough. Her foster parents took Sassy to a veterinarian, who then discovered her microchip. The Romans were contacted and set out for Brentwood to be reunited with their dog.
After vanishing from a houseboat in Biloxi, Miss., Jacque was found 1,000 miles away in Denver. Cree Cantrell had no idea how Jacque managed to get out but was thrilled to receive the call from a veterinary clinic letting her know that Jacque had been found. Cantrell was also clueless as to how his cat ended up in Colorado.
John Hartman and his family lost everything in the 2007 San Diego wildfires, including their dog Buddy. The black Labrador Retriever escaped from the backyard and jumped into a car passing by with its door open. After searching for their dog, the family eventually moved to Oklahoma. They were back in San Diego visiting their son when the Department of Animal Services called to say that they had found Buddy running loose in a San Diego neighborhood. Buddy and his owners were soon reunited, but the mystery still remains as to where he was for seven years.
Seven years after Shorty went missing during Hurricane Katrina, the dog was found in Carbarrus County, North Carolina. Shorty's family never left Louisiana, so it's a mystery how the dog ended up in North Carolina. Found wandering a rural street, Shorty was brought to veterinarian who scanned for a microchip, which led to the canine's reunion with his family.
Dante and Elizabeth Corso were sad when Bandit went missing from their Las Vegas home. They eventually moved to San Diego without their cat. But the couple received a welcome surprise when they received a call from a veterinarian in their old town, who asked if they were missing Bandit. A man who trapped feral cats had turned Bandit in to the veterinarian's office. The Corsos immediately set out for Las Vegas to reunite with their long-missing cat. Bandit's whereabouts for over a decade remain a mystery.
James Carpentier was reunited with Ginger purely by coincidence in Nashua, New Hampshire. Carpentier was browsing adoptable dogs on the Humane Society for Greater Nashua website when he saw a familiar face. After losing custody to his ex-wife, he had no idea that she had surrendered Ginger to an animal shelter. The Basset Hound had spent 10 years with an elderly couple, who returned her to the animal shelter when they were unable to care for her any longer. The two were soon reunited, and Ginger showered her previous owner with kisses.
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Jennifer Koczan lost hope of ever seeing her Rottweiler again after Sasha was stolen from her home in South Bend, Indiana. However, five years later, Koczan received a call from an animal shelter in Phoenix telling her that they had Sasha. Koczan was elated but worried as well. The shelter informed her that she only had five days to retrieve Sasha. After sending out a plea on Facebook, Koczan was able to organize a relay from Arizona to Indiana, including 24 stops and 17 drivers, to be reunited with Sasha.