This family's happy tale truly underscores the importance of tagging and micro-chipping our fur kids!
How Meko made it Home for the Holidays
In July 2012, seven year-old Mady lost her best fur friend, Meko, when he was stolen during a family vacation in Parker, AZ. With heavy hearts, Mady's family headed home to California. They were devastated to lose their Meko.
16 months later and more than 375 miles away, Meko was found wandering along the side of a busy highway in Prescott, AZ. When he was brought into the Yavapai Humane Society (YHS) the staff was not prepared for just how lost Meko had been. After a microchip scan, some intensive research and a few phone calls later Mady’s father, James, was on his way to Prescott to bring Meko home. The long drive was fueled by his desire to bring some joy to his family, but especially for Mady.
Meko's homecoming was the best news this family had received since May of 2013 when Mady was diagnosed with brain cancer. The YHS staff hopes that there are more miracles in store for Mady and her family, and that this holiday season will be a time for this family to reflect upon the meaning of Meko’s return for one very tough little girl.
Wow! A huge thanks for the tireless efforts of the caring Yavapai Humane Society staff (and to Meko's family who went the distance to retrieve their furry best friend!!) Their efforts to connect the dots for one very lucky pup- and Meko's human family- resulted in a true miracle! Without tags and a microchip, such an happy ending would not have been possible.
No matter what anyone thinks regarding their pup- and whether or not he/she is apt to wander, be stolen, or get spooked and run- Please make sure to get a tag and microchip! Let's all do our part to assure that the necessary information is in place to get our precious fur kids back home.
Taking the time to tag and microchip is a simple, life-saving, step that every pet parent can take to assure safety in unforeseen circumstances! There is no good reason NOT to do this!
Consider giving the gift or a tag and microchip (contact a local vet or shelter) this holiday season to friends and neighbors who cherish their fur kids!
Dr. Pia Salk