A Galway family has recently reunited with their missing pup after two years. This is all thanks to the help of a stranger and the Dublin Society for Prevention of Cruelty of Animals (DSPCA).
A pug called Baya, missing for over two years was recently reunited with her family in Galway.
Baya was found recently walking alone in the middle of a busy Dublin Street by a woman who kindly brought her to the DSPCA based in Rathfarnham in the hopes of reuniting her with any potential owners that she may have.
Found in Dublin – a long way from home
After being found in Dublin and brought to the DSPCA in Rathfarnham, charity officials at the DSPCA scanned Baya to establish whether or not she was microchipped.
To their surprise and delight, they discovered that she had been flagged on the FIDO (Fast Identification Online) database. Here, she was classified as lost/stolen.
Fido.ie is a website founded in 2004 and was created to help to reunite lost pets with their owners. The site provides a 24-hour recovery service for any pets identified with a microchip.
Reunited at long last – a reunion to remember
Charity officials were able to successfully identify Baya thanks to the FIDO website. Folks at the DSPCA were stunned to discover that her owners were over 207 km (128 miles) away in Galway. The reunion was certainly a happy one.
Speaking about the long-awaited reunion, Baya’s owner Ms Bird said, “We’ve received lots of updates since her homecoming, and she’s settled right back into her home and doesn’t mind sharing her bed with her new four-legged sister.
“Life is good again for sweet, gentle Baya, all thanks to her microchip, and we couldn’t be happier”. You can watch the beautiful moment the family reunite above.
The importance of microchips – something every owner should ensure that their dog has
When speaking about the importance of microchips, Gillian Bird, a spokesperson for the DSPCA, said, “It was only (recently) that we highlighted the importance of microchipping your pets, and then little Baya came along.
“Thankfully she was microchipped. It is unclear if she had strayed or was taken from her family. Perhaps someone found her and put-up posters about her across various parts of the country or Dublin.
“That’s why it’s so important to go through official channels of going to a dog pound so a dog can be scanned for a microchip. It’s also vital that veterinary surgeons scan dogs to see if they are microchipped.
“We were able to reunite her with her heartbroken owners with one simple phone call. They would never have found her had it not been for her microchip, so please, everyone, make sure your pet is microchipped and registered to you; you owe it to them.”