Recently our aged, arthritic and deaf dog, Penny, wandered out our back gate and into our West Davis neighborhood. We didn’t notice she was missing until about two hours later, when night had fallen and the temperature was dropping. In a panic, I alerted the local Facebook page “Lost and Found Pets Davis CA” with a description and headed out on my bike to search.
Only minutes later, a phone call informed me Penny’s photo was on Facebook! Attentive community members had noticed a resemblance to a dog that had just been picked up by Yolo County Animal Services and had been posted on PetHarbor.Com, a site shelters use to publicize lost pets. The shelter wouldn’t be open until the next day, but at least I knew she was safe.
Early the next morning, information on Penny’s microchip led to a kindly phone call from an officer named Ruth at Animal Services to inform me officially that she had been found. Arriving at noon to retrieve her, I was assisted by a friendly and efficient shelter staff, and an hour later Penny was home snoring on her favorite cushion.
My family and I are grateful for the private/public teamwork that made this happy ending possible, from the person who recognized Penny had strayed and alerted Animal Services, to the shelter staff who retrieved and cared for her, to the compassionate people who make Lost and Found Pets Davis CA an invaluable tool for reuniting owners and the animals they love.