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Yesterday a friend of mine had posted a picture of two beagles that were found by animal control in Belchertown, a town three towns over from me. I contacted this ACO because I have picked up a similar pair of beagles several times that belonged to a guy that lives about an hour away. While I was checking the website I discovered a Brittney Spaniel that has been missing from Chicopee Ma, which is about an hour away from where I am located, since November 26 of last year. I looked at the pictures and thought it looked a lot like a dog that was up for adoption at the shelter I volunteer at. I then had the ACO get in touch with the people that were missing the dog and they in turn got in touch with the shelter.

Today they drove the hour to the shelter to see if this was indeed their missing dog. According to the shelter worker, when they arrived at the shelter the dog, that had been lazily laying in his crate and appeared very depressed, suddenly jumped up and spun around with more energy than they had seen him exhibit.

She told me it was a tearful reunion, teard of joy, as they thought the dog had been gone and they thought there was no hope of ever seeing him again.

All of this because a friend of mine decided to post the beagles on facebook. The dog was an hour away from his original home.
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That is really great. the internets are a great tool for that.
How did the dog get so far away?
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I think alot of time people pick up dogs on their way home or way to work, and alot of people work an hour away from home. Then the dogs end up in another area's shelter. I always tell people to look in all the surrounding counties shelters, not just the local shelter.
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Not sure exactly what the full story is on how he ended up there.
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I think alot of time people pick up dogs on their way home or way to work, and alot of people work an hour away from home. Then the dogs end up in another area's shelter. I always tell people to look in all the surrounding counties shelters, not just the local shelter.
I've lost count of the number of calls I get with people doing that. " Hello?Yeah, I found this dog this morning and I was wondering if anyone reported it missing"? Well where did you pick it up? "Over in Shelbyville." Thats an hour and a half from here! Why don't you try taking the dog back to the shelter there? "They put dogs to sleep over there"!
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I've lost count of the number of calls I get with people doing that. " Hello?Yeah, I found this dog this morning and I was wondering if anyone reported it missing"? Well where did you pick it up? "Over in Shelbyville." Thats an hour and a half from here! Why don't you try taking the dog back to the shelter there? "They put dogs to sleep over there"!
"Yeah, well if anybody's looking for it, they won't be looking here, so we'll end up doing the same thing..."
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Yet another reason I highly recommend microchips.
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I check craislist on a regular basis. Just returned a dog this morning that was posted missing on the site. The dog is from the next county over, someone had picked it up on the way home. BTW, the dog had a 3 year old vet rabies tag and OF COURSE the owners had moved and changed their phones numbers since then.

Michrochipping is great, but if people don't keep the contact info up-to-date the chips are useless.
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