"I can't believe you're calling me right now," she said, according to the release. "I can't believe this is happening."
Strang immediately began to make plans to drive from Florida to Pennsylvania, a trip that the rescue estimated would have taken more than eighteen hours, and arrived on Friday afternoon."Humane Animal Rescue is very excited to play a part in this reunion and for the family to finally have closure and a positive outcome nonetheless," said Zac Seymour, manager of digital communications for Humane Animal Rescue, in a statement to TODAY. "Moments like these are so refreshing and motivate us to keep working harder every day. We wish Dutchess nothing but the best with her family."
"Many of us have had the opportunity to spend some time with Dutchess over the past few days, and she was always looking for love and attention," Seymour added. "We can’t help but smile knowing that after all of this time, she’s finally going home to get the care she needs, and the love that she has always deserved."Neither Strang nor the rescue know how Dutchess managed the extended trip from Florida to Pennsylvania or how she ended up hungry and shivering under a shed. However, the rescue said that a major part in the reunion was Dutchess' microchip, which allowed them to identify her owner.
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"In 2018, only 4% of stray animals brought into Humane Animal Rescue as strays were microchipped, consistent with the national average," said the rescue in a press release, which urged families to microchip their pets.