After Months away from his Arizona home, Jake, a 9-year-old dog, has returned, thanks to the kindness of numerous Good Samaritans.
Jake was found alive last year, but 2,000 miles from home in Pennsylvania. They were stunned, however, to find out that not only was the 7-year-old Coonhound alive and well, but he had somehow turned up almost 2,000 miles from home.
Adam Harbaugh of Roaring Spring, Pennsylvania had been out walking his own dogs back in April when he saw Jake wandering the streets. Harbaugh took Jake into his care and brought the adventurous pup to the animal hospital. Veterinarians scanned him for a microchip and called the owners to ask if their dog had gone missing.
The dog’s owner was thrilled her dog was safe, but because she had recently given birth, she couldn’t make the trip to pick Jake up. After hearing the news, 20 total strangers pitched in to bring the canine home. No one knows how Jake ended up in Pennsylvania, but there is speculation is that he may have hitched a ride on a truck.
The volunteers split up the 2,000-mile drive, averaging about 100 miles each. Kitty Mason, who drove the last leg from New Mexico into Arizona, told Inside Edition. She said that when the dog was in the car, he would lie down and act bored and confused, adding, “He went through a lot of changes over the three-and-a-half days he was traveling.”
Shocked and delighted, they said that Jake had indeed gone missing, but no one had any idea how he got so far away from his home in Phoenix – and unfortunately, the owners had no way of making the cross-country road trip to get Jake. The animal rescue group, A Darrah Bull Bully Rescue, then volunteered to help.
The nonprofit put out a call for volunteer drivers who would be willing to drive Jake home. 20 different volunteers across the nation eagerly joined the effort, and last week, they launched the 3-day trip. The trip worked similarly to a relay race – each volunteer would drive Jake 100 miles before passing him onto the next volunteer, who would drive another 100 miles.
20 volunteers made 30 stops across 9 states, and it took 3 volunteers to keep Jake overnight during the trip – but when his owners were finally reunited with their beloved pup, they could hardly contain their excitement. Nobody knows how Jake ended up so far from home but his owners are just happy that their canine is back where he belongs! We applaud this great nonprofit organization for going above and beyond to bring this dog back to his owners.