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Apr 1, 2021

Baby's Babies

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Nearly 80% of lost dogs who come to DCHS are reunited with their families. In March, Baby was one of 31 dogs returned to their homes, and her puppies couldn’t be happier.

This March Dane County Humane Society was able to reunite over 30 lost dogs with their families after they came to our shelter, and many more were reunited by members of the community with the help of our Lost and Found reports. One of those happy redemption stories belongs to a beautiful bulldog named Baby.

Baby came to the shelter on March 25th after escaping from her yard the previous day. Her short legs did not take her very far before someone spotted her wandering on Madison’s east side and took her to UW Veterinary Care. From there, she was transferred to DCHS. During an initial exam Baby was very friendly with our technicians, but unfortunately did not have a microchip or collar to point us in the right direction. She did not have to wait very long, though, before her concerned owners contacted the shelter to file a lost report. They were quite relieved to learn that Baby was safe in our care.

Later that same day Baby’s family came to DCHS to pick her up, and our staff received a wonderful surprise – it turned out it was not just Baby’s humans that were missing her dearly. Along for the ride to welcome Baby back home was the family’s other adult dog, and Baby’s litter of young puppies! We had the joy of witnessing first-hand how thrilled the pups were to have their mom back safe and healthy, and how happy her owners were to have the family back together again. And as an added bonus, DCHS microchipped Baby for free and registered the chip, so that if her adventurous spirit ever gets the better of her again home will just be one quick scan and a phone call away.

Microchips and ID tags are just some of the many tools that make it possible for nearly 80% of lost dogs who come to DCHS to be returned to their homes. Almost every single day our staff play a role in making these stories a reality, and nothing is more rewarding than seeing these reunions happen at our front door. Thanks to the stranger who picked her up, the hard work of our staff to get her examined and comfortable, and her owners having the idea to contact the shelter, Baby was able to sleep in her own home that night with her babies at her side.

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