Zeus was missing since October, but thanks to 15 volunteers, he was able to be reunited with his family just in time for the holiday season.
Pets are family, period. When something happens to them, it breaks our hearts. Now, imagine if they go missing. Oh, the paranoia we go through, not knowing where they are or how they're surviving is just painful. We leave no stone unturned to find them. Depending heavily on social media, we are always hopeful that someone will be generous to guide our baby back home. Recently, Zeus, a pit bull mix who lives in Butte, Montana, was stolen along with some of his owner Cassandra’s belongings in October.
"It seems Cassandra who is a single mom in Butte, Montana, allowed a family friend to come and stay with her for a bit," Chelsea Staley, with the Kanawha Charleston Humane Association, told WOWK-TV. "The 'friend' basically robbed her blind, stole her wallet, a number of things while she was at work including her dog Zeus. The friend was apprehended in Nitro, and when he was arrested Zeus was still with him."
A week ago, the 'friend' who stole Zeus was discovered 2000 miles away and the dog was still with him! Of course, the journey was a long one, but thanks to the help of two organizations - Many Paws Volunteer Transport and Kanawha Charleston Humane Association, Zeus was home just in time for Christmas. They also posted updates about his journey on social media.
It took nearly 15 volunteers, or “30 legs and 3 sleepovers” to bring Zeus back home for Christmas, according to Many Paws. He was stolen in October. Cassandra used FaceTime to confirm that the dog that was discovered was her good boy. Given his weight of 33 kilos, it was practically impossible to fly him back to Cassandra. This is when the volunteers stepped in and ensured that they were reunited.
4 days, 9 states and 15 volunteers were involved in the journey for their reunion and this is what real dedication and love look like. It was all worth it since Zeus was extremely happy to be reunited with his owner and her kids. “It’s wonderful. This is a great experience, a great opportunity to show the people and communities across the United States offering to help, jumping on this—to help reunite this dog with its family,” one of the volunteers with Many Paws Volunteer Transport, Jenn Robles, told CBS News.