When a dog was found wandering the streets of Pennsylvania last month, an incredible group of volunteers banded together across 9 states and 2,000 miles to bring him back home.
Jake, a 7-year old Coonhound, had disappeared from his Phoenix, Arizona home last year. Almost a year passed with no sign of the beloved pup until April when he was finally found 2,000 miles away roaming the streets of Roaring Spring, Pennsylvania.
Jake was found by Adam Herbaugh, a Roaring Spring resident who was out walking his own two dogs. Herbaugh took Jake to the nearby Companion Animal Hospital where he was scanned for a microchip. It turned out Jake was missing and more than 2,000 miles from home.
Sadly, Jake’s family couldn’t make the cross-country trek to bring him home, so local rescue group, A Darrah Bull Bully Rescue, stepped in to help.
“My sister, Heather Shaw, is a transport coordinator [for A Darrah Bull Bully Rescue]. She used Facebook groups which consist of transport volunteers to coordinate Jake’s trip home,”Ranae Metz, president of A Darrah Bull Bully Rescue, told ABC News.
The group posted to Facebook requesting qualified volunteers who could each tackle a different leg of the trip from Pennsylvania to Arizona to return Jake home. With 20 volunteers in place, the three-day trip kicked off on May 18 and ended on May 21.
In all, 20 volunteers transported Jake across 9 states, over 2,000 miles, making 30 stops along the way to reunited a very happy boy with his very grateful family.
And, they posted updates every step of the way!
Until he was finally reunited with his dad:
Jake’s joyful reunion wouldn’t have been possible without the help of a network of dedicated volunteers. Check with your local rescue groups – you, too, may be part of a journey like Jake’s!