A family’s dog went missing, or was possibly stolen from them, in Cumberland County approximately one month ago. Now, the family and dog are reunited by a miracle.
Chewy, a 5-year-old golden retriever and Labrador retriever mix, was surrendered to Cumberland County Animal Control as a stray. He was then adopted, only to be surrendered again for unknown reasons, and then was put on the euthanize list.
Brownie’s Low Rider Rescue (BLRR) saved Chewy, who was known as Charlie Brown at the shelter. Unfortunately, another life had to be taken for Chewy to be here today.
“When I was informed about him I knew his time was nearing the end soon as owner surrenders are usually the first to be put down. I actually was calling to save another dog but he was already put down so I inquired about Charlie Brown and saved him,” said Christina Kile, BLRR founder and owner. “I was really sad that day that the other dog I wanted was already gone — but I do believe things happen for a reason — and had the other dog not been gone, I would have said him and not Charlie Brown.”
“We saved him for a reason that we wouldn’t know until the following day,” she added.
The original owner, Tiffany Robertson, saw Kile’s information regarding Chewy on the Friends of Cumberland Co, NC Shelter Animals Facebook page. Robertson messaged the BLRR Facebook page with a picture of Chewy and her son, who has medical needs. Robertson said her son was very attached to Chewy and has missed him.
“The picture she sent me and the one from the shelter matched from my eyes, but I messaged the rescue coordinator and two volunteers that run the Friends of Cumberland County page to see what they thought,” said Kile. “They agreed it was him.”
Kile wanted to ensure Chewy was going to his rightful owner, so she asked a Highland Animal Hospital worker, Robin, if she could go back and see if he answered to Chewy or Chewbacca. The dog didn’t respond to any of those names, but seemed nervous, Robin said. Kile then sent Robertson and her son to the vet and asked Robin to watch the body language when Chewy first saw them.
“Robin called me back and said it was a perfect match,” said Kile. “This was the first time Brownie’s Low Rider Rescue ever had this happen and I was in tears … tears of joy!”
Kile said this story displays the importance of ensuring your pet is microchipped. If Chewy was microchipped, he would have been returned to the original owner. It is essential pet owners keep microchips up to date with current information.
Chewy is now home with his original owner, and both the family and Chewy are happier than ever.
“This is why I do what I do,” said Kile. “Rescue is in my blood!”