Much-loved dog reunited with family exactly one year after she went missing
A family in Dublin has been reunited with their pet dog who was missing for a year.
The reunion came a year to the day that Elsa the German Shepherd went missing.
The much-loved family pet was found straying by two kind ladies who wrapped her up in their woollen jumpers to ensure that she was warm and then brought her to Dogs Trust in Finglas.
The charity were able to reunite Elsa with her family thanks to her microchip.
Elsa's owner Megan cried with delight when she heard the news that Elsa had been found.
She rushed to the Dogs Trust rehoming centre, along with her partner and two children.
The brought videos they had of Elsa playing on the couch, and a screenshot of the plea they had made on social media to help find Elsa.
Speaking about the importance of microchipping, Sarah Lynch, Campaigns manager at Dogs Trust Ireland said that Elsa's story is "a perfect example" of the benefits of microchipping.
"Microchipping your dog and having your up to date details registered against the chip is compulsory by law in Ireland since April 2016, but sadly we see all too often stray dogs arriving into rescue centres and dog pounds across the country either without a microchip or with incorrect details recorded against the chip they have, which makes reuniting them with their owner a sometimes impossible task."
Ms Lynch said it's important that pet owners keep their most up-to-date contact details recorded in the microchip.
"We are so delighted for Megan and her family, and extremely grateful to Elsa’s finders who kept her safe and brought her in to be scanned for a microchip.”
If you are unsure about your dog’s microchip details, you can check them with any of the government-approved databases; Fido, Animark, Irish Kennel Club and Microdog ID Ltd.
There are currently 144 dogs and puppies in Dogs Trust Rehoming Centre, awaiting their forever homes.