Zach Holt of Maryland, who formerly worked at a shelter, goes above and beyond to reunite a missing puppy with its owner in Wichita, Kansas.
Holt decided to help when his girlfriend told him about the dog Zimba. And he has made no demands in exchange for his journey.
Zach took images and recorded videos of their incredible journey, which the Caroline County Humane Society (CCHS) published on social media.
Zimba ultimately reached his destination and was reunited with his owner.
“Zimba … safe and content. We would like to once again thank all of you who have followed, supported, donated and cheered on Zach and Zimba during their awesome adventure. And, of course, we can never thank Zach enough for driving all the way from Ridgely, MD to Wichita, KS to make one family’s…. and one dog’s… Christmas wish come true. There truly is no place like home.” CCHS said in their statement obtained by SBLY Animal Channel.
Thanks to a microchip implanted with a sharp needle at the side of the dog’s neck, CCHS was able to identify the dog’s source.
According to Blue Oasis Veterinary Clinic, the microchip is a tiny device roughly the size of a grain of rice. Only a single number and no other information are stored on the microchip.
The dog’s owner said that her boyfriend had traveled with the dog. After the pair split up, he allegedly abandoned Zimba in Ridgely, Maryland.
The owner had been looking for Zimba since he vanished. So she was overjoyed to discover that he was unharmed.
However, she could not make the long trip to pick him up due to her job and children.
According to the American Humane Association, almost 10 million dogs and cats are lost or stolen each year in the United States.
In a statement dedicated to fixing the missing pet problem, Peeva stated, “According to the Coalition for Reuniting Pets and Families, less than 23% of lost pets in the U.S. are reunited with their owners.”
“One-third of all dogs and cats in the United States are reported missing in their lifetimes, more than 80% are never found, and between 9,450,000 and 9,632,000 pets that wind up in shelters in the U.S. are killed.” the organization added.