Dog found 240 miles away from home delighted to be reunited with owner
“Ashley as you can see in the video was very happy to see her."
By Brelaun Douglas via SWNS
This heartwarming video shows a lost dog ecstatically being reunited with her owner after she was found 240 miles away from home, weeks after going missing.
Siberian husky Ashley disappeared from her home in Savannah, Georgia, last year after escaping through a door left open by a dog sitter.
She somehow wound up over 200 miles away in Daytona Beach, Florida.
“How Ashley made her way to Daytona Beach from Savannah is a mystery,” said a rep for the Halifax Humane Society (HHS).
“The assumption is she was picked up and driven to the area, where she escaped again or was let loose.”
Ashley had no microchip or collar so she was listed as a stray, renamed Kit, and put up for adoption on the HHS website.
Luckily, an advocate for lost and found dogs saw a post of Ashley on the internet, decided that she looked remarkably similar to Kit, and contacted her worried owner.
Ashley's owner then called HHS and raced down the next day to be reunited with her pup.
“As it was, Ashley had two adoption holds on her when she contacted HHS,” the rep said.
“Had she waited just a few more hours, Ashley might have gone to a new home.”
The two were reunited at the shelter with Ashley eagerly jumping up and down and trying to escape her pen the moment she saw her owner.
“Ashley as you can see in the video was very happy to see her,” said the rep.
“The owner was ecstatic to finally find Ashley after searching for her for over two weeks.”
While this story had a happy ending, the rep stressed the importance of microchipping pets.
“Had Ashley been microchipped, she would have been returned much sooner,” they said.
“Only about 22 percent of lost dogs that entered animal shelters last year were reunited with their families. However, the return-to-owner rate for microchipped dogs was over 52 percent.”
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