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Two women from Indiana thank modern technology for helping them find their beloved dog eight years after she went missing.
Cara Seiler and Kailey Kuntz first adopted Kemo, a Blue American Bulldog / Pitbull mix, as a puppy. Sadly, the happy family broke up when the puppy went missing in 2013 when he was only 2 years old.
“We had always hoped. We never really stopped looking,” Seiler told ABC21 this week. “We were always looking at ‘Found Pet’ messages all over the place just to see if it was him.”
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On Tuesday, the couple received the call they had been eagerly awaiting for nearly a decade: Kemo had been found!
“And I’m like, ‘What? What do you mean they have Kemo?'” Seiler exclaimed. “He said to me ‘They have Kemo. You have to call them.'”
Fort Wayne Animal Care and Control / Facebook / Facebook
In a Facebook post on Wednesday, Fort Wayne Animal Care and Control said Kemo was brought to the facility as a stray. It wasn’t until the dog was scanned for a microchip that the incredible discovery was made.
Seiler said the two cried “all the way from Auburn to Fort Wayne”.
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“I can’t describe it. I can’t,” Seiler told ABC21 of when they got together. “And he knew who we were the second we walked in the door. So that’s what made him even more surreal.”
“We are delighted that Kemo is finally reunited with his family! It was such a heartwarming moment to watch and we are so happy that Kemo has a microchip to make this moment possible,” the shelter wrote on Facebook.
Holly Pasquinelli of FWACC said this meeting is the longest she’s seen at the center due to a microchip, and that staff were delighted to help reunite Kemo and his owners.
“We were so happy that this dog who had gone missing and had probably given up hope was finally able to return home,” Pasquinelli told ABC21 via a video call.
As Kemo went missing, Seiler and Kuntz started their own animal rescue in Waterloo called “Canine Haven”. All rescues brought to the facility are microchipped so families can reunite with lost pets like them.
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The FWACC also encourages pet owners to chip their furry friends.
“We hope this story inspires everyone who has lost a pet to never give up hope! We also urge everyone to microchip your pets in case they ever get lost,” the shelter wrote in his Facebook post.
“It’s so important that your pets get microchipped because it’s a permanent form of identification that will never fall off, never go away and never leave,” Pasquinelli told ABC21.