It can sometimes be a long road home, and Hickory is an extraordinary story of loss, hope and reunion.
Hickory, a Rottweiler/Labrador mix was found in the bucolic college town of Plymouth, New Hampshire in June. It took the local Police Department two weeks to apprehend this wily, well-traveled dog as he nosed around the area eateries. Eluding capture was second nature since as the story unfolded, we learned he had bolted a mere five days after adoption, from his new, Thetford Vermont in February.
A massive search involving every concerned dog loving citizen in that that small Green Mountain State town, including the Police Chief, local veterinarian, feed supply store and Granite State Dog Recovery. The trail went cold, none the less. After months of heartbreaking searching, Hickory’s new owner had just about given up all hope of ever finding him alive. He’d recently thrown away the bed, bowl and collar.
The staff at NHHS, meanwhile, had left no stone unturned, tracking Hickory’s microchip from San Antonio, Texas, to Ohio and finally to Vermont – home. Hickory’s owner was in disbelief when he received the call “Hickory is alive, and here in Laconia, waiting for you!” . Actually it’s a day not soon forgotten by anyone at New Hampshire Humane Society either, given the poignancy of the reunion and the proof positive that we are the safe harbour for the lost, and in this joyous case, were able to facilitate a tearful reunion of a man and the dog he so dearly loved.
New Hampshire has made enormous strides over the last 20 years in stemming the flow of unwanted pets. This State was first in the country to launch a state funded spay/neuter program in large part developed by former leadership at our local shelter.
Your donation will help the NH Humane Society continue to offer essential community services here, such as reduced fee spay/neuter programs and low cost rabies and microchipping clinics; as well as continue to work with other rescue organizations to provide loving homes to stray pets.