Zimba was reunited with his mom after being abandoned by the woman's ex-boyfriend due to their break-up.
Abandoning a pet dog is something only a heartless person is capable of. They are so loving and helpful that it is impossible to just leave them out there in the open to fend for themselves and not feel a thing. It's a lot crueler when it isn't even your dog and you are abandoning them to get back at the owner. They aren't playthings. Back in December 2017, Zach Holt helped rescue a dog and drove 1300 miles, from Maryland to Witchita, Kansas, to reunite little Zimba with his mom. The dog was abandoned by the owner's ex-boyfriend after the couple broke up. Luckily, when the dog was left alone on the side of a road, he was found by Caroline County Humane Society who kept him safe until he finally returned to his owner. The dog had a microchip which was regularly updated by the owner with her current information, resulting in the two finding each other again.
It started off as a horror story for the little pitbull mix named Zimba. However, it all ended up well as he was rescued by the Caroline County Humane Society and then ended up on an adventure with Zach Holt that lasted 1300 miles until he finally met his mom Ikea Mosley in Kansas. He was abandoned by her ex, which is one of the worst things that could ever happen to a dog. The internet destroyed her ex for leaving the dog alone because of a break-up. People can be petty but they need to remember that they have no right to play around with the lives of others while trying to get back at their exes.
According to the Society, the pit bull mix was found on November 25, 2018. Luckily, Zimba had a microchip which traced back to Wichita, Kansas. This is why having a microchip is important and all pets should have them. Using the information on the microchip, the volunteers at the organization helped trace where the dog came from and managed to get in touch with Zimba's mom. The organization was then informed that the dog was taken on a trip with Mosley's ex-boyfriend and while the couple was away, they happened to split up. Filled with spite, her ex-boyfriend decided to abandon Zimba on the road and stopped returning her calls.
Even though Mosley was thrilled and relieved at the same time knowing that her little pup was safe and doing okay, she could not make it all the way to Maryland to pick him up. This is where Zach Holt steps in. Holt works as a bartender and was once a volunteer at the shelter. He heard the story of Zimba from his girlfriend who was working at the shelter as an animal control officer. When he heard the story, he immediately offered to help out by driving Zimba down to Kansas and reuniting him with his mom. It was settled, they were all set to start their road trip on December 5, 2018.
“I’m a bartender,” he said, as reported by CBS. “I strictly work, you know, the weekends and Monday and I have Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday off. And four days is plenty of time to get to Kansas and back, so I said, ‘Why not?'” He recorded most parts of their trip together and even mentioned that Zimba was a great road trip partner. He pretty much slept through most of the trip. Sure, Holt is getting a lot of attention for his efforts but he claims that he did it because he loves animals and loves driving. He said that the road trip was the easiest part of all.
“All the hard work, you know, of coordinating everything and having him found, you know, the person that took time out of their day to actually, you know, wrangle Zimba and make sure that they got in contact with somebody. I mean that was awesome… it was just as easy for them to just ride on by and be like ‘Oh look, there’s a stray dog.'” Holt further gave credit to the shelter for not just finding Zimba but for also managing to locate where he was from and whom he belonged to. He even credited all those people who donate to shelters, such things would not have been possible without them.
According to the shelter, Holt was not giving himself enough credit for what he did. “Zach is doing this strictly as a volunteer, Asking for nothing. However, we are incredibly grateful and need to try to raise money to cover his gas, tolls, and other expenses incurred,” the shelter writes. They further added, “If you would please consider donating any amount at all it would be a huge help. You can donate via PayPal by visiting our website at http://www.carolinehumane.org. Or by check or stop in the shelter or call us with your credit card number. Be sure to note on your donation that it is for Zach and Zimba’s Great Adventure. Thank you so much. Godspeed to our Travelers.”
Holt and Zimba arrived in Wichita on December 7. Before they reached Holt said, “I can’t imagine my right-hand man being gone that long,” Holt has his own dog, a German shepherd/Shar Pei mix named Forrest, and a cat, Sullivan. “It’s going to be great, I mean, it’s going to be lovely… especially it being so close to Christmas and stuff like that.” People were touched by the story of Holt and Zimba and since he wasn't giving himself enough credit, they decided to offer Holt and Zimba lodging in their homes, hot meals, gas money, paid motel room stays, etc. After the trip was completed, local businesses back in Maryland decided to reward Holt’s kind deed by covering his electric bill for the month and washing his car as well as changing its oil after the trip!
Good deeds do pay off, especially if you don't do it for the reward.