Two years ago, the Peterson family of Southwest Ranches experienced a horrible loss.  Their 4-month-old German shepherd puppy, Cedar, disappeared from their property and they believe she was stolen, as their other dogs were still at home, but their front gate left open.  After frantically searching for weeks, hiring a pet detective and posting flyers everywhere, they weren’t sure if they would ever see Cedar again. 

Fast forward to Hugo, Colorado – more than 1,900 miles away – where a county marshal found a dog in a snow-covered ditch.  The marshal took the dog to a veterinary hospital where she was scanned for a microchip that was traced back to Dr. Balasky’s office in Davie, a South Florida vet who had implanted the chip when Cedar was a puppy.  The Peterson family were thrilled, but a bit shocked when they received the call in late March that Cedar had been found, but are unsure how she ended up in Colorado.  

Thanks to Wings of Rescue, Cloud Nine Rescue Flights and the Humane Society of Broward County, Cedar was flown to South Florida on Saturday, April 20th where she was reunited with her family on the tarmac at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport.  Cedar wagged her tail as she left the plane, and gave a few barks to pilot Ted DuPuis as if to thank him for bringing her home.

Microchipping your pet is an essential way to prove ownership and help reunite lost pets.  It is also important to keep the information up-to-date if you move.  The Humane Society of Broward County offers microchipping for owned pets Monday – Friday – no appointment necessary and cost is $20 plus tax.  The shelter is located at 2070 Griffin Road, a block west of I95 and the microchipping clinic is open 9AM – 4:30PM.

The Humane Society of Broward County is a private, non-profit organization that is supported by people and companies who want to make a difference in the lives of homeless animals.  The shelter is not affiliated with any local or national organization with a similar name and does not receive tax dollars to operate.  To learn more or make a donation please visit www.humanebroward.com.

Wings of Rescue

Wings of Rescue is a donation-based charity flying large scale transports of endangered pets from overcrowded shelters and disaster areas to shelters where there is empty kennel space and where no local shelter pets are displaced by the flights. Founded in 2012, Wings of Rescue has a squadron of volunteer pilots flying rescue missions in their own planes as well as a fleet of chartered cargo planes. Since inception, 35,000 shelter pets have flown to safety.  All personnel at Wings of Rescue are unpaid volunteers and the organization relies entirely on donations to fly its lifesaving missions.  

The Humane Society of Broward County is proud to be a Purina Shelter Champions Partner.


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