Home, Sweet Home
Having an animal companion go missing is one of the most terrifying realities a pet parent can face. Proper ID tags and microchipping have proven essential in reuniting lost pets with their families—in the recent case of one missing California puppy, however, it was the ASPCA MySpace page that helped bring her home!
On March 3, two days after being adopted, nine-month-old Chihuahua mix Buei Buei (pronounced Bebe) escaped from her Corona, CA, home through a window left open a crack when owners Xinfeng Liu and his girlfriend went out for a few hours. After returning to find their puppy gone, the couple spent the next few days frantically knocking on neighbors’ doors and calling local animal shelters. Meanwhile, Buei Buei had wandered to the freeway two miles away.
At 6:30 the following morning, Yvonne Ansite was driving home from her shift at a Corona Wal-Mart. “About a quarter of a mile onto the freeway, I saw a little white puppy. She was almost hit a few times," Yvonne remembers. "I pulled over to pick her up and she climbed right into my car.”
When Yvonne arrived home, she and her sister searched the Internet for a local animal shelter where they could report the found pup. As their search proved unsuccessful, they emailed a request for help to the ASPCA MySpace page. Elyse Orecchio, Associate Editor of Social Media, directed them to the Find a Shelter tool at ASPCA.org, a database of more than 3,000 animal care facilities across the country. “I was touched by Yvonne's determination to reunite the pup with her pet parents,” Orecchio comments.” I'm so glad our friends on social networks like MySpace feel they can reach out to us for help—and that we can give it to them!”
Says Yvonne, “We used the shelter locator to get the phone number of Corona Animal Control, and that was the key that helped reunite the puppy with her family.” After Buei Buei was dropped off, one of the shelter’s animal trainers, aware of the missing Chihuahua mix, contacted Liu. On March 7, pup and owner were reunited.
Not every pet parent is as lucky. To increase the chances of bringing a lost pet home, please make sure your animal companion has proper ID tags and a microchip with updated information.
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