We are happy to share that Koby, the lost 16 year old missing white German shepherd, has made it home safe and sound. Because the OC fully embraces the “it takes a village” mantra, Koby was quickly reunited with his owners.
Koby’s owners did a lot of smart things that enabled his safe return, both before and after he was lost. His microchip was probably the most important thing. Please use this happy ending to inspire you to run through this check list of important proactive things you should do to keep your pets safe:
Collars and tags at all times: People are more inclined to stop and help a dog with a collar and tags. Tags with your contact information provide immediate information about where the dog belongs.
Microchip your pet: Encase your pet loses their collar, a chip can be read by any vet or any shelter. Chips facilitate a quick return of lost dogs.
If your pet gets out: Get the word out to the neighborhood. Use social media, lost and found pet sites, printed posters, notify the shelter, notify the crime watch committee (they have a great system to communicate through the block captains), and check the shelters daily.
How did Koby get home? His safe return was an amazing convergence of caring efforts on multiple fronts. Here’s a shout out to the people that helped him get home:
Thank you to Barb and Yvette for posting Koby on multiple social media outlets as well as to anyone who forwarded and or shared – there were many of you, including our GDO alum Cisco‘s Mom!
To Randy and Derwin for stopping, on the way to something important, to help a lost dog in need. Koby was having trouble walking and appeared to be injured. They called NOCUPP for help.
To NOCCUP for caring for our neighborhood as if it was their own. Officer Keith loaded Koby in his police car and transported him to the Emergency Animal Hospital. Officer Keith took pictures of Koby and documented his chip number. It was Officer Keith’s’ documentation and connection to the neighborhood (and to Gyspy Dog Ops) that triggered events that connected the lost dog post with the actual dog at the ER.
OC peeps – consider joining NOCUPP. NOCUPP truley understands the unique needs of your neighborhood. They really do care about your personal safety and quality of life as much as you do! November is the fall subscription period – so sign up now!