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Lost-Pet Reunions: A lost dog needed medication


Here’s another great lost-pet reunion story from our partner, HomeAgain. This one is about a special-needs dog in honor of Adopt-A-Less-Adoptable-Pet Week.

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Chip disappeared and needed his medication to prevent seizures.

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Chip was lost and needed his seizure medication — from Kristen from Waycross, GA

Chip, our special-needs Lab, got loose one evening around 9 p.m. He had gotten loose once before — in the daytime — but we were able to find him within minutes. Not this time.

It was a dark night — not a lot of streetlights in our area — and Chip is old. He does not hear very well anymore and is almost to a fault friendly with all people and animals.

I searched with the help of family for hours before I finally came home, emotionally exhausted, and called HomeAgain to report him lost. Everyone else continued the search. By this time it was well after midnight.

Chip takes medication for seizures and it is imperative he take all his doses on time. His next dose was coming up in six hours. I was panic-stricken as I talked to the HomeAgain lost-pet specialist and answered simple questions about Chip’s appearance and his last known location.

Then, suddenly, the man I was talking to said, “Oh wait, we had a call on Chip, but your information on file was no longer valid, so we could not reach you to arrange a pickup.”

No longer valid? Of course! I had forgotten to change our phone numbers and address since we moved to another state three months earlier.

The man on the phone said, “Someone reported Chip two hours ago. Can you hold please and I will try to contact them for you?” By all means, I thought, but also: Is this too good to be true?

“Ma’am, unfortunately, they have not answered my call,” the HomeAgain specialist said, “but I will keep trying, and when they return my call I will call you back.” But I didn’t receive any calls that night and I was getting worried.

Just as I was going to call back, the phone rang and we were directed to get our beloved dog — only four houses away from ours!

I have never been so grateful to so many people I didn’t know in all my life! Thank you, HomeAgain, for helping reunite me with my baby. This service is amazing!

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