A family from Rocklea, Australia, who thought they had lost their 14-year-old pooch in the recent floods has been reunited with the canine. The dog was found by animal rescue
workers after she disappeared during the natural disaster, according to Australia's ABC News.
When the family was evacuated from their house, the frightened animal escaped, supposedly running back in the direction of her home. Her family searched for her for a few hours, but to no avail.
However, the family soon received a call from the Rocklea Society for the Prevention of Cruelty Animals (RSPCA) saying that they had found an older border collie wearing tags that identified her as belonging to the family.
"She said in the message that unfortunately they were about to evacuate the RSPCA shelter and because the messages were delayed due to Vodafone being down, by the time I called back they'd evacuated," Mark Butcher, the dog's guardian, told the news source. However, five days later they located the dog and brought her home.
According to the ASPCA, anywhere from 5 to 7 million animals are placed in shelters in the U.S. every year. Those with ID tags are more likely to be returned to their pet parents.