A Wichita dog abandoned in Maryland was on his way home Tuesday thanks to a kind stranger.
Zimba, a “super sweet” pit bull mix, arrived at the Caroline County Humane Society in late November as a stray, the shelter said on its Facebook page. No one claimed him after his photo was shared on social media, but staff found a microchip that traced him back to an owner in Wichita.
Staff called a number associated with the chip and found Zimba’s human mom, who had been searching for her dog for weeks.
The woman told the shelter her “now ex-boyfriend” visited Maryland and took Zimba with him. When the couple broke up, the ex-boyfriend stopped returning calls and abandoned Zimba, she said.
“She was thrilled to hear he was safe,” the shelter posted.
The post didn’t identify Zimba’s owner.
However, there was one small problem: Caroline County Humane Society in Ridley, Md., near Delaware, is more than 1,300 miles from Wichita.
“Enter our hero. Zach,” the page wrote.
Zach, a former humane society employee, volunteered to drive Zimba across the country. The pair left early Tuesday, and Zach posted pictures of their journey to the Sunflower State on the shelter’s Facebook page.
“Kind of like The Wizard of Oz story with Zimba playing the part of Dorothy … there’s no place like home,” the shelter said.
Zach hasn’t asked anything in exchange for bringing the dog home, but the shelter would like to raise money to pay for his gas, tolls and other expenses. Those wanting to donate can do so via PayPal at www.carolinehumane.org.
“Be sure to note on your donation that it is for Zach and Zimba’s Great Adventure,” the post said. “Thank you so much. Godspeed to our Travelers.”
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