Every year, thousands of pets become lost, never to be re-united with their family.
I am one of the lucky ones...
Up until 5 months ago, my "normal" day in SoCal would consist of taking 2 pups to the park -- Professor Norman, my nerdy sweet-faced, cotton ball white Maltese with his life companion, Señor Santiago. He's my deer head Chihua-ish pup with a brick-house physique camouflaged by an all too innocent bambi-face. Also known as... "Norman's brother from another mother" - Or - "The Professor's peep from another sheep"...(silly I know...but for 8 years this has been my cheeky/concise way of explaining how close my boys are)
Unfortunately on March 20th my "normal" abruptly changed...Santiago was STOLEN from me! I never thought I would see my little munchkin again.
I had almost given up...then something wicked-awesome and very uncharacteristic of these situations happened...
I got a call from Missaukee Humane Society (MHS), telling me they had Santiago and he was safe and sound!
Kyle, the Director for MHS, also revealed some interesting details regarding the last few month's of Santiago's journey.
Apparently, the creep who took Santiago brought him to some park here in Los Angeles, where he was sold to a person who then moved out of state. Somehow between moving states away and the humane society call, he "Houdini'd" his way out of the place he was being kept but fortunately was found that same day.
Sincerely, thank you...Brenda Williams-Bell, the awesome woman who found my Santee, shivering and wandering alone on the streets of Lake City Michigan. It's a miracle my little guy was found after having traveled more than 1,895 miles from home. I am now a firm believer in the value of getting your pet micro-chipped, and keeping their info up-to-date. It was the only way M.H.S. found me.
Now, at a financially difficult time, I'm faced with finding a way to bring my little guy home.
If I can raise $1,600 through GoFundMe, my lil' family will be together again. That is the amount to cover a round trip flight between LAX and TVC (Traverse City, Michigan), lodging, plus a donation to MHS for their tireless efforts in caring for animals in their communities.