In a very emotional reunion, the Michigan Humane Society recently reunited Mrs. Hamilton and her senior black and white Shih Tzu named Diamond.
Since the death of her husband, Diamond, who had been part of her family for the last seven years, was the widow's constant companion. One day, in the inclement weather, Mrs. Hamilton let her dog outdoors to relieve himself, and most likely the piles of snow interfered with his sense of smell; Diamond found himself lost.
Perhaps someone found Diamond roaming along the busy streets of the city, and tied him up in an alley, hoping his owner would find him; the Michigan Humane Society received a call to that address about a black and white dog tethered. When they arrived, however the dog was gone.
Just a short distance away, a kind bus driver had found the dog roaming the streets, and in an attempt to keep the pooch safe, lifted the dog into his bus. When the Michigan Humane Society arrived, they picked up the lost dog and set about finding where he belonged.
Back at the shelter, the mystery of his identity began to unravel. Fortunately Diamond was wearing a collar, and his rabies tag from Detroit Animal Control had his current information as well as his owner's name.
At the same time, Mrs. Hamilton, in a terrible panic because Diamond had not returned home, called her grandson to help find her dog. Luckily, she checked her phone messages, and there was the wonderful news that Diamond had been found.
Statistics reflect that less than 16% of all lost dogs are returned to their owners. Please make sure your dogs are wearing identification; even better please have your best friend micro-chipped.
The Michigan Humane Society recommends the following:
Pet ID tags can be purchased at the MHS Berman Center for Animal Care in Westland.
For information about microchipping your pet, visit www.michiganhumane.org/microchip.
Lost and found pets can be posted online for free at www.michiganhumane.org/lost.
MHS helps reunite more than 1,200 lost animals with their owners each year and investigates more than 10,000 animal cruelty complaints each year in Detroit, Hamtramck and Highland Park.
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