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Volunteers Across the Country Take Turns Driving Dog Found in Pennsylvania to His Family in Arizona

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Thanks to 20 selfless strangers, one very lucky (and very cute, we might add) hound dog found wandering alone in Pennsylvania was returned to his owners 2,000 miles away in Arizona.

Jake is a coonhound who went missing nearly one year ago from his home in Phoenix, Arizona. This April, the adventurous pooch was found roaming the streets of Roaring Spring, Pennsylvania. Fortunately, Adam Herbaugh — a good Samaritan who was walking his own two dogs — found Jake and took him to Companion Animal Hospital to be scanned for a microchip. Both Herbaugh and the veterinarian were surprised to find that Jake had gotten so far away from his family in Arizona.

Jake’s owner (who has asked to remain anonymous) was shocked to hear that his sweet pooch had been found safe and sound. But there was just one problem: the owner was taking care of a newborn and wouldn’t be able to make the cross-country trip to bring his long-lost friend back home. So Renae Metz of A Darrah Bull Bully Rescue offered to help the lost pup.

Metz’s sister (who is a transport coordinator for rescued animals) put out a call for help on Facebook, asking for volunteers who would be willing to drive just a little bit of the way (100 miles per volunteer). By the end of the week, they had 20 people ready and willing to make Jake’s journey home a reality.

Several of the volunteers shared photos of Jake’s travels on Facebook. On May 21, Jake was finally reunited with his dad — just three days and several states later. Photos from the rescue group documented the moment they met up until Jake made it home where he met his brand-new sibling.

Here he is getting a few snuggles from volunteers in Tennessee. We love that little shirt they made him — it reads “Arizona or Bust.”

“Jake is leaving Morristown, Tennessee, and heading to Knoxville, where he will spend the night and get some rest,” the post read.

Doesn’t he look so pensive in this photo? He definitely looks ready to be home. (That cute little kid in the back is sacked out!)

“Jake spent the night in Arkansas last night and is now on the road and is currently in Oklahoma,” the post read. “Jake is still happy as can be!”

We’re so happy Jake is back home where he belongs. What an amazing group of people! If you’re interested in taking a closer look at Jake’s journey, visit A Darrah Bull Bully Rescue on Facebook for an entire album dedicated to his three-day trip.

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