Seven years is a long time to be without your beloved pet, so imagine the joy Rob Wittmer and his family felt when they discovered Bear – their blue Staffordshire bull terrier - had been handed into Moorabool Shire Council’s animal pound after being missing since 2009.
Bear was dropped off at the pound late last week after he was found in Ballan.
Bear was microchipped, so a Council Community Safety Officer made enquires with the microchip company, which revealed Bear’s status as missing from Kilmore since 2009, with initial attempts to contact the owner listed as failed
Community Safety Officer Shannon Walsh said their department swung into action, turning to Facebook to locate Bear’s owner, and by Sunday evening, the owners contacted Council.
“We found out Bear’s owner Rob is currently away in Canada, but he, and the entire family, were over the moon that their pet dog had been found seven years later,’ Mr Walsh said.
“We made arrangements for Rob’s brother Raymond to come to Darley and collect Bear. He and Bear were both excited to see each other, and we’re thrilled to have reunited Bear with his family.”
Council’s Pet Adoption page has reunited many lost pets with their owners, as well as been the catalyst for many people to visit the pound and adopt a pet.