They Thought They’d Lost Their Dog Forever, But They Got An Early Christmas Present’
A Virginia family thought they’d lost their dog forever, but then they got him back as he showed up at the shelter.
The one-year-old pitbull mix went missing just days before Thanksgiving. Since then, Jennifer Johnson and her family have been wondering what happened to their beloved dog, Turkey.
As days turned to weeks, the Johnson family started to fear they might never see their sweet pup again.
But then, almost a month after his disappearance, Turkey suddenly turned up at the local animal shelter. He was with a new family.
Turkey was brought by a couple who had purchased him for $800 outside a 7-11 and wanted to get him vaccinated.
Executive Director for the Norfolk SPCA Kimberly Sherlaw said she immediately recognized Turkey’s face and knew he already had a home. They proved his identity by scanning his microchip.
“We ran the scanner over his back, which showed us the number, which went to our database, which showed us that yes, indeed it was Turkey,” Kimberly Sherlaw told News 3. “There was no question that he would not be leaving and he’d be going back to his original family.”
When Turkey’s ‘dog mom’ heard the news, could not help but get emotional.
“It’s like [an] early Christmas present. [It’s] probably one of the best feelings that I’ve had,” Jennifer said with tears in her eyes.
Jennifer told News 3′ reporter Erin Miller that if it weren’t for the organization checking Turkey’s microchip, they never would have gotten their sweet boy back. This is why it is so important to microchip your pet.
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“I just wanted to know that he was, like, happy.” Johnson said. Walking around the SPCA with a wagging tail and smile, it was clear that Turkey is very happy.
Watch this precious reunion in the video below…