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Only Lilly, a 9-year old dog, knows exactly how she ended up missing from her Denver backyard on July 4th, 2011 and wound up in a Chicago suburb just a couple of weeks ago.
Her family isn’t sure if she was stolen or was frightened during the Independence Day festivities in her home town of Denver over 3 years ago and ran away. But, thanks to a microchip that had been implanted, it’s registration to her Denver family kept current all these years, she’ll finally make her way back home.
When she was picked up roaming the streets of Elgin, Illinois a few weeks ago, the little dog was in bad shape, suffering from an ear infection with her fur badly matted. Volunteers from the Almost Home Foundation nursed her back to health – and then tracked down her very surprised, very happy owners.
“I think this is an amazing story. I never thought anything like this would happen. I thought she was gone forever,” Lilly’s owner Kelly Booker told WGNTV.
Now, the Booker family are trying to raise the funds needed to bring their beloved girl back home. Between veterinary care, shots, and a plane ticket, Lilly’s journey home will run the family somewhere around $800.
A GoFundMe page has been created for those that wish to help reunite this lucky girl with her very happy family.