Lost-Pet Reunions: A dog gets loose and is hit by a car far from home
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Uhmah got out of a fenced-in yard — from Tawny in Mission Viejo, CA
A month after we got our sweet UHMAH (for “yoU Had Me At Hello”) from the rescue group, my mom took him to visit a friend in L.A. They went out for a couple of hours, and came home to find him gone — and his collar stuck on the fence where he’d gotten out.
A little white dog, uncollared in the middle of Los Angeles on a Saturday night — needless to say, we spent the weekend sleepless and anxious. My mom posted hundreds of fliers for blocks in every direction, but we were not hopeful.
Monday morning, I got the call at work — he had been found alive and was relatively okay.
Uhmah had been hit by a car, but was incredibly lucky that some wonderful people were nearby. A great lady scooped him up out of the road (getting nipped for her trouble, due to his pain and fear). A gentleman with a nearby business accompanied her to a veterinary clinic that was just closing for the night and offered to pay for care if the owners could not be found. The clinic stabilized his two broken front legs and settled him in for the weekend, but didn’t scan him for a microchip until Monday morning.
Thank goodness we’d had him microchipped! He was more than four miles from where he’d gotten out, in the opposite direction from where anyone had seen him when my mom had canvassed the neighbors — and well outside the list of local vets and shelters we’d begun calling.
Microchipping is not a luxury, it’s a necessity, and I’m so glad more and more shelters and rescues are doing it automatically. All vets should really educate pet parents — it’s so CHEAP for a lifetime of backup protection.
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