Home for Holiday

Friday, December 28, 2012
Photo submitted Brownie and Braydon are reunited three days before Christmas Eve.

By Susan Ragsdale

Special to the Tribune

A Christmas miracle happened just after Saturday's "Home for the Howlidays" event at the Lewisburg Animal Shelter.

Shelter volunteers were notified that Colonel, an adopted shelter dog, was missing and his owners were upset that their beloved pup, now named Brownie, wouldn't be home for his first Christmas in a real home.

Laura Coates' seven-year-old son, Braydon, was especially distraught since Brownie left his Belfast Street home.

Then, Animal Control Officer Jason Williams called shelter volunteers asking for someone to meet him in Rock Creek near Belfast Street to identify a dog tangled up in brush at the creek. He recognized it as a former shelter dog. Susan Ragsdale met Williams, a firefighter, a police officer, and there on Williams' tailgate was Brownie!

After contacting Laura Coates, and sending her a photo to confirm it was Brownie, family and furbaby were reunited Saturday at the shelter. Joy spread across everyone's faces because the family was reunited for Christmas.

It's just one of the happy tales from the shelter since a volunteer program began. By using social media, volunteers, spotters, networkers and supporters have reunited several owners with their pets that were either at the shelter or had been found in the county without even entering the shelter.

We have said, "It's all about the dogs," and we work hard to prove it is.

Susan Ragsdale is a PAWS Now board member and Lewisburg Animal Shelter volunteer. This story, edited to fit the Marshall County Tribune's print edition, may be seen in its entirety along with her report on animal shelter developments on the Tribune's web site, marshalltribune.com.