The next morning, BARCS didn’t open until 11 a.m., but Cheryl was ready and waiting at the door at 10:30 a.m. With free pet adoptions going on, the lobby was flooded with interested adopters. Cheryl tried to be patient, but she was so anxious to confirm that she found Nitro! At last, a BARCS team member called Cheryl and another guest, who was also looking for a missing Yorkie, to the kennel. Her dog had only been missing for two weeks, and she mentioned that people had told her to “give up” on the search. Cheryl encouraged her to stay strong.
When they entered the final dog room to look for Nitro, Cheryl heard a familiar bark. And in the very last kennel, after almost four months, there he was: little Nitro. Cheryl burst into thankful tears while the other guest comforted her.
Nitro was found on July 18 by Baltimore City Animal Control officers wandering on a street about three miles from Cheryl’s house. After a joyful reunion with his family and a few minor health issues that have been resolved, Nitro is happy to be home.
Looking for a lost dog is all consuming. It’s following every lead, keeping on top of posts, posting new information as quickly as possible, searching and more searching. It’s like riding a roller coaster. One day you’re up because you’ve had a sighting, and the next day you’re down because you haven’t found him. I cannot thank my community and my friends enough. They were truly devoted to bringing Nitro home, and in the end, they did!