To the Journal editor:
On Dec. 3, my 11-year-old sheltie, Isabelle, ran away from home. Having never lost a pet before I wasn't sure what to do short of contacting UPAWS and local law enforcement. I made contact with Kerri Willey, a volunteer with Lost and Found Paws of the Upper Peninsula.
She immediately got Isabelle's picture posted on Facebook through their Lost and Found website, which is maintained by another volunteer, Vicki.
In the meantime, Kerri traveled the area with me, searching, calling, putting up posters setting a live trap and passing out fliers door-to-door. She spent two long days of her weekend helping with the search in addition to several hours during the week of checking the live trap and driving the road we suspected Isabelle had traveled.
Fortunately, after eight agonizing days, Isabelle found her way home. She had lost a bit of weight and was a little stiff, but otherwise unscathed.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank several people: Kerri and Vicki from Lost and Found Paws of the U.P., Autumn and her husband from Pet Sitters in Harvey for help posting photos and passing out fliers, the residents in the area of Grove Street and Vandenboom Avenue for genuinely caring and keeping their eyes open for signs of Isabelle, and for the gentleman who first called with a sighting and his young neighbor who both trekked through the woods behind their property.
I appreciated the phone calls from people I didn't know who offered suggestions, words of support and prayers from my neighbors and to all the bicyclists, dog walkers and hikers we ran into for their genuine concern.
Hopefully you will never need the services of Lost and Found Paws of the U.P., but if you do, know that they are there and more than willing to help.
In this time of giving, please consider a donation to your local animal shelter or pet rescue for the wonderful work they do on a daily basis.