In March 2017, a pit bull named Zeb was going out on a walk with potential parents at the Colorado Animal Rescue (CARE) when the unthinkable happened: the people never returned with Zeb!
The shelter workers couldn’t believe what had happened and tried everything to locate the missing pit bull. “[We were] sad more than anything,” Tracey Yajko of CARE says. “Why did this have to happen? Was it the cost? Why couldn’t they have talked to us about if they wanted him?” For four months, Zeb was missing and things weren’t looking great for the shelter workers.
“We did lose hope,” Tracey says.
But, in July, the shelter received a call that would change everything.
“When the phone call came in and that he was found it was shocking,” Tracey says. “We really were all ecstatic.”
Thanks to the pit bull’s microchip, a shelter in Las Vegas, Nevada scanned him and saw his origin pop up on the screen. As you’ll see in the video, the shelter workers demonstrate how the microchip works.
“It popped up with Zeb’s ID number and this is how the Law Vegas shelter was able to contact us and let us know that they had found him,” another worker says.
CARE is now requiring identification from potential parents who want to take dogs on walks so that if this ever happens again, they have a name and address.
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