𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐜𝐮𝐞𝐝 𝐃𝐨𝐠 𝐅𝐢𝐧𝐝𝐬 𝐋𝐨𝐯𝐞 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐚 𝐍𝐞𝐰 𝐅𝐚𝐦𝐢𝐥𝐲 𝐉𝐮𝐬𝐭 𝐁𝐞𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐞 𝐁𝐞𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐑𝐞𝐮𝐧𝐢𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐇𝐞𝐫 𝐎𝐥𝐝 𝐎𝐧𝐞

𝘍𝘦𝘸 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘨𝘴 𝘵𝘶𝘨 𝘢𝘵 𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘩𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘵𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘨𝘴 𝘭𝘪𝘬𝘦 𝘢 𝘣𝘦𝘭𝘰𝘷𝘦𝘥 𝘱𝘦𝘵 𝘨𝘰𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘮𝘪𝘴𝘴𝘪𝘯𝘨, 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘙𝘦𝘣𝘦𝘤𝘤𝘢 𝘑𝘰𝘯𝘦𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘧𝘢𝘮𝘪𝘭𝘺 𝘪𝘯 𝘕𝘦𝘣𝘳𝘢𝘴𝘬𝘢, 𝘪𝘵 𝘸𝘢𝘴 𝘢𝘯 𝘦𝘮𝘰𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘢𝘭 𝘳𝘰𝘭𝘭𝘦𝘳𝘤𝘰𝘢𝘴𝘵𝘦𝘳.

Their furry companion, Bella, vanished without a trace, and despite the family's tireless search efforts, hope was dwindling. With no tags or microchip to aid in her return, the odds were stacked against them. But they refused to give up on their beloved Bella, determined to bring her home no matter what.

Then, a miracle happened (or so they thought). The family spotted Bella at the Nebraska Humane Society only to find out that someone else had filled out adoption papers for her shortly before. Jones begged to get her dog back, but legally, the situation wasn’t that simple anymore.

Lost Dog Already Adopted

Jones had called the Nebraska Humane Society to tell them about her lost dog, and the humane society said they would try to call if they had a dog that looked like Bella.

But unfortunately, like many shelters, this humane society is very busy and has tons of dogs to care for. So, without a microchip, it’s hard to determine if a dog is lost or not.

The state of Nebraska has a 72-hour rule that declares a found pet property of the humane society after that period is up. So, when Bella arrived at the Nebraska Humane Society and waited there for over three days, they had to put her up for adoption. They didn’t realize that Bella was Jones’ lost dog.

When Jones didn’t hear from anyone about Bella, she decided to visit the humane society herself. Sure enough, she saw Bella in one of the kennels, but a different family had already filled out adoption paperwork for her.

Jones was devastated, but legally, there was nothing the humane society could do at that point without the new adopters’ permission.

We could show them everything they needed, and they wouldn’t listen to us at all,” Jones said. “They didn’t say, ‘Walk up here every day; we may not be able to contact you.’ I would’ve done that.”

The New Family’s Decision

Unfortunately, there was a lot of miscommunication on both ends in this situation. But the humane society still wanted to do everything they could to reunite the dog with her family. So, they reached out to Bella’s new adopters to explain the situation.

Luckily, the new family was very understanding. Even though they quickly fell in love with Bella, they did the right thing and returned her to Jones. The adopters expressed interest in adopting a different dog since it didn’t work out with Bella.

“The new adopters were gracious and kind and while it was difficult, they agreed to relinquish the dog back to the shelter so the original owners could take the dog home. The dog was returned this afternoon. We are so grateful for the adoptive family’s compassion and empathy,” the Nebraska Humane Society wrote on Facebook. “We are sorry for the way the situation played out, but truly appreciate that the dog is back home and the adopting family is willing to open their doors to a new dog.”

It’s easy to be frustrated when hearing about this situation, but what’s most important is that Bella is back with her family. Losing a dog is a stressful event for a family and caring for dozens of dogs daily is stressful for shelters, so please don’t be judgmental of either party.

Overall, this ended up being the best outcome, especially for Bella.

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