OREGON- Maxine Shepherd was desperately looking for her lost service dog, Dreamer. The Siberian Husky found her way out of a friendâ€™s home in Hillsboro a week ago. It turns out that Dreamer was waiting at the Bonnie L. Hays Small Animal Shelter the whole time.
Dreamer and her family will be reunited at the shelter.
Check with Your Local Shelter First: â€œThese people, who love their dog, had wanted desperately to find her. If they had only contacted us when she went missing, we could have had this happy reunion a week ago,â€ says Deborah Wood, manager of Animal Services for Washington County. Each year, the Bonnie Hays Shelter reunites about 1,200 worried owners with their lost dogs and cats.
People can look for their lost pets on line.
A Day Away from Adoption: Because Dreamer was at the shelter for a week, she was about to go into the shelterâ€™s adoption program. â€œIronically, sheâ€™d just been spayed and getting ready to go into our adoption program when we found out the identity of her owner,â€ says Wood. Dreamerâ€™s owners will get advice on post-operative care for their dog.
Tips for Pet Owners:
** Call your local shelter if your dog or cat is missing.
** Keep your petâ€™s license tag on your animal. â€œDreamer has a dog license, but she wasnâ€™t wearing it. We could have reunited her that day if she had been,â€ says Wood.
**Microchip your pet. Shelters and veterinarians will scan for a microchip. Dogs and cats can lose their collars, but they donâ€™t lose their chips. Dreamer was microchipped at the shelter.