Dog Who Disappeared Eight Years Ago Has Been Reunited With Family

Bo Bear reunited with his family

Eight very long years ago, a German shepherd named “Bo Bear” disappeared from his family’s California home.  Long after any hope of finding the dog remained, Bo Bear was found.

The amazing reunion happened after the now 10-year-old dog was picked up by a Riverside County Animal Services officer who was investigating a case of neglect. The California animal services agency explained:

When one of our officers was investigating the dog for a potential animal neglect/animal abuse case last week, the officer asked the man about why the dog was so thin. The man said it was not even his dog and he had just taken it in to help it.

The break in the case came after the officer requested permission to scan the dog for a microchip – sure enough, the neglected and overly thin senior dog had a microchip and against all odds, after so many years, the phone number for his family was still current.

Bo Bear’s family drove from San Bernardino to be reunited with him – and the beautiful reunion was captured on video.

Riverside County Animal Services was thrilled with the long-overdue reunion and more than happy to share Bo Bear’s story with the hopes that people will see the importance of microchips – the agency wrote:

We’re happy to share these stories and we hope these stories encourage other pet owners to chip their pets. And, of course, don’t ever give up hope!

Bo Bear is back where he belongs – and he will be getting the care that he desperately needs, thanks to a caring animal control officer, and a very important microchip!

(Image/video via Riverside County Animal Services)

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Penny Eims

Penny is a freelance writer who provided content to her National Dog News column at for 8 years. She is a current contributor to Fido Friendly Magazine, as well as a newly formed website, Pet Rescue Report. Penny is married and she has two rescued German shepherds and two kids.

1 comment

  1. JERRY EDELMAN says:

    Points to a couple of important points. The importance of microchipping your pet. And the vital importance of keeping the contact information CURRENT with the service provider. Good luck and long life to Bo Bear, you have been missed.

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