It’s not every day Mid-Missouri Humane Society Director Chris Hughes gets to give good news to a dog owner.
“In the five months I’ve been here, we’ve returned only two, maybe three dogs to their owners,” he said.
But June 22 was one pooch’s lucky day, when Hughes called Pleasant Hope resident Delphine Rossi to tell her that her lost dog, Demi, had turned up in Sedalia.
The 2-year-old Belgian Malinois’ home was more than 100 miles away from Sedalia. She was found by a Sedalia family and brought to the area, Hughes said. She turned up at the shelter after getting loose from the family.
By the time she arrived, she’d been away from home more than 90 days.
“She went missing March 19. I’d taken her out for a walk that day, and when we got back to the house, she wanted to stay outside,” Rossi said. “She didn’t come home all night, and I was really concerned. That was so unlike her not to come home.”
Rossi drove 110 miles to pick up her long-lost companion after getting the call from Hughes.
“She was in a cage ... And I looked at her and I said, ‘Demi!,’ and she just started crying,” she said. “Imagine, it’s the first time in three months somebody called her by her real name.”
A microchip placed in Demi made the happy reunion possible.
“Animal control picked her up, and we scan everyone that comes through,” Hughes said.
Rossi said most of her pet-owning friends are considering investing in microchips for their own pets after hearing of the ordeal and reunion.
“If it wasn’t for that microchip, we would have never found her,” she said.
Hughes said he too is believer in the microchip.
“If you own an animal, it doesn’t cost that much,” he said. “All shelters have universal microchip readers. So do most vets."