CLEWISTON — A sweet, 10-year-old dog was found exhausted and laying in the middle of the road on Nov. 22. Although the dog appeared tired, Clewiston Animal Control (CAC) reported the canine to have seemed well taken care of and likely missed by his owners.
When CAC was contacted by a local resident regarding the retriever mix lying in the road, Animal Control Officer Jamie Wright went to find him. Wright hypothesized that the dog had become fatigued from wandering, but was otherwise in good health. Back at the shelter, CAC officers scanned the dog and found a microchip. They were able to contact the owners, and also found out his name was Copper.
Through a series of events in August, Copper was temporarily placed with caregivers, after the family experienced difficulties,” Clewiston Animal Control explained. He found himself on a journey from his native state of South Carolina all the way to Clewiston, Florida, where he became separated from his caregivers.
While CAC officials don’t know the exact details – Copper isn’t talking – Copper had clearly put in some miles. While he was comfortable and secure at the shelter, CAC began to make arrangements to get him home.
Copper’s family remained in close contact with CAC to ensure Copper didn’t become misplaced a second time, and the process of getting him home began! With the assistance of a social media group comprised of good Samaritans who provide free and voluntary resources for transporting lost pets and potential adoptions, CAC and these volunteer group members were able to assist Copper’s family with the many miles of transit to a meeting point in Georgia, where his family was able to reunite with Copper and bring him back home to South Carolina.
“We thank all the helpers graciously for working on this family reunion. Copper is all smiles now and so are we!” CAC posted on their Facebook page. “On our worst days, it’s cases like Coopers make everything worth it. Thank you to everyone involved in this amazing journey to getting a family reunited for the holidays!"