May 21, 2016 – A dog that was missing for FIVE years has been reunited with his family. In 2011 Yorkshire terrier Eddie, then 8-years-old, was staying with his owner’s sister-in-law while they were on holiday. He went missing from the garden in North Manchester and sadly, despite a massive search, couldn’t be found.
His owner, Sandra Wright, said: “Neighbours were searching the streets, we put up posters everywhere, alerted all the local vets and rescue centres, reported it to police and registered him on all the websites. We even offered a reward, but he had simply vanished. With each week that passed, we knew the chances of finding him decreased. It was awful.”
No-one knows what happened to Eddie but, skip ahead to 2016, and he found himself in the care of Jeanette Johnson, who lives in Reddish, Stockport, just half a mile away from the Wright’s home. She took on Eddie, now 13, from a neighbour who was struggling to look after him.
“I have two dogs of my own and adore Yorkies, so when I heard he was in need of a home I didn’t hesitate. One of the first things I did was take him to PDSA [the UK’s leading provider of charitable veterinary care] to get him checked and chipped. They scanned to check if he already had a chip and I was shocked to discover he’d been registered missing five years ago,” said Jeanette.
The Wrights were astonished.
“Never in a million years did we think we’d get him back after all this time,” said Sandra.
PDSA Vet Nurse Helen said: “Every year, thousands of pets across the UK go missing. Sadly, many are never reunited with their owners, but microchipped pets stand a far better chance of a happy homecoming. It is now a legal requirement for all dogs in the UK to be microchipped once they are eight weeks old. And thanks to funding from players of People’s Postcode Lottery, PDSA will be delivering 50,000 microchips this year.”
Sandra added: “We can’t know for sure just how Eddie ended up where he did, but he was clearly well-loved during his time away as he’s still as friendly and loving as ever. I’m so grateful to PDSA and everyone who helped to get him back to us – it just shows the difference a microchip can make.”
PDSA is the UK’s leading veterinary charity and strives to improve all pets’ lives through education, preventive care and emergency treatment. Its dedicated teams treat more than 470,000 pets annually across its 51 Pet Hospitals. Manchester PDSA Pet Hospital can see as many as 200 pets a day and provides nearly 80,000 treatments to pets in need every year.
For more information about microchipping visit www.pdsa.org.uk/microchip. Remember – it is now the law in the UK to microchip your dog. You also need to ensure that should you change address and/or contact telephone number, you inform the microchip company.
Photo: Eddie reunited with Sandra and Peter Wright and their daughter Emma.