*This story may inspire all pet owners whose precious family members got lost by mistake. Amy Baca’s Lhasa Apso, “Brownie,” ran out a door that was left open accidentally in 2007, and the family searched far and wide before giving up any hope that he would be found.
Fast forward nine years later, when Baca received a message on Facebook from Kathy Hamel, owner of Arizona Shih Tzu and Small Breed Rescue.
The dog had been left in front of a tattoo parlour, and some kind soul dropped him off at Hamel’s rescue facility.
Fortunately, the dog had a chip. But Hamel wasn’t sure it would be of much use after all this time, as owner’s move and contact info becomes outdated. Thankfully, Baca had registered her information with more than one agency, so once the chip was discovered, Hamel was able to move forward in attempts to reach her.
Whew! It is times like this that, when used correctly, social media really proves its worth.
Hamel’s message on facebook asked the woman,
“…if she ever owned a dog named Brownie,” and from there everything fell into place. The doggie’s human was still carrying the original flyer in her car according to what Hamel told Inside Edition.com
By the time the two were reunited Brownie was 15-years-old, blind and deaf, and had obviously been severely neglected. Yet and still, if you’ve ever loved an animal and lost it, you know none of that matters.
Gimme my doggie.
What a strong little trooper you are Brownie. You survived!!!
Baca said upon receiving the Facebook message…
“I thought at first it was [a] trick because we have been getting a lot of prank calls…with people saying it was him and asking for money.”
But after realizing this was no prank, and her precious family member had indeed been found, she told Inside Edition.com…
“I was crying. The conditions that they found him in, you could tell he was neglected. We are overwhelmed and really grateful for her (Hamel),” said Baca. “I’ve heard of dog rescues, I just never in a million years thought I would see him again. I don’t know how much longer he’s going to live but at least we know he’s back home with family.”
It’s so wonderful when people such as Hamel go the extra mile to diligently pursue finding owners of lost pets. Her Arizona-based nonprofit facility, Arizona Shih Tzu and Small Breed Rescue, which also allows for pet adoptions, is certainly deserving of recognition.
I’m sure they wouldn’t mind your donations either.