Family Is Reunited With Their Missing Dog While Waiting In Line To Adopt Cat

When it’s meant to be, the universe always finds a way to make it happen. And a family from Jacksonville, Florida found this out when they happened to reunite by chance with their dog who’d gone missing over summer.

The sweet reunion was documented on Facebook, where the Jacksonville Humane Society wrote how the family had spotted their missing pet while at a local PetSmart where they were attending a free adoption event. The family had been there, considering adopting a kitten, and while they were in line, the father “spotted a brown and white dog being leashed to go for a walk.”

Immediately he recognized the dog, crying out, “That’s my Dopey!”

Dopey recognized the owner’s voice, running over to the family where he “leaped into their arms” and began “covering them with kisses.”[0]=68.ARC7BES4hUF3-uqAEcsp_hiT41j4DeJBADqhNK9saFTvGj20ZUjTJhbuzTsPqM_kvzIlzjXI3swWyWESa1uKVNpG-g2M9pONJHcKmuI6P9D6y7wV7eL9_Ywn2sqKcGlCtX72c5u_N1CazfIH_uCfNyviZ7OujWl8ZYcf_rQNRKzKJlh7U07Aw6o1fqbPfFTgP-J3pc5gX-tSrRgXdxZEGUOrLAkBoMEneUBh7wgywJNc9YuamRLjWgN-IQ9HfDucvyhVMC1P1dc5Clhnc2bjqCOV0d-hXXA1xa5Tkcft1nOBB-NycUZBMjcpgl_1-As-6Hpi6AbAAGl_gO5_Yg&__tn__=-R

Dopey had gone missing since August. He came to the animal shelter on the 1st of October as a stray.

The rescue wrote, “His family never lost hope and they are thrilled that their sweet pup is back home! Stories like Dopey’s, the many we tell and the many untold, are proof that generosity breeds joy in Jacksonville every day.”

The rescue added, “From the strangers who helped Dopey when he was lost to the volunteers and staff who lovingly cared for him, from the donors who made his reunion possible to foundations like PetSmart Charities for sponsoring the event that brought this family back together … generosity and joy are all around us.”

This wasn’t the only news the human society got to share – they had another “amazing reunion” story that occurred through their monthly “Feline Frenzy” event, where they spay and neuter community cats for free.

Next to the reunion picture, the rescue explained that after sedating the cats, they always check to see if there is a microchip. The cat in question turned out to have a microchip, and the human society “called the owners who rushed over to get her!”
“She had been missing for a few months,” they explained, before adding why the cat stayed in her carrier for the photo. “We would’ve snapped a picture of her, but she was still a little loopy from the anesthesia.”

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