Two women are thanking modern technology after helping them reunite with their beloved dog 8 years after he went missing.
Cara Seiler and Kailey Kuntz adopted Kemo, a Blue American Bulldog/ Pitbull mix, as a puppy but the family was separated when the pup disappeared in 2013 when he was just 2 years old.
"We had always hoped. We never really stopped looking," Seiler told ABC21 this week. "We were always watching 'Found Pet' posts all over just to see if any might have been him."
But unexpectedly, the pair got the call they had been nervously waiting for on Tuesday...
After 8 years of hoping their furry friend is still out there, they finally got a call announcing Kemo had been found.
"And I'm like, 'What? What do you mean they have Kemo?" Seiler explained. "He's like "They have Kemo. You have to call them."
Fort Wayne Animal Care and Control said Kemo was brought to the facility as a stray, but the dog was scanned for a microchip and that's when they realized he wasn't supposed to be a stray!
Seiler said the pair cried "all the way from Auburn to Fort Wayne."
"I can't describe it. I can't," she said to ABC21 of the moment they reunited. "And he knew who we were the second we walked through the door. So that's what made it even more surreal."
"When Kemo was brought into our shelter today as a stray, we scanned him for a microchip, and thankfully he had one! We contacted his owners and it turns out that he had been missing from their family since 2013!" The Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control center said on Facebook.
"We hope this story inspires anyone who is missing a pet to never give up hope! We also urge everyone to please get their pets microchipped just in case they were to ever get lost. We do it here for you at the shelter for just $15!" they finished.
Holly Pasquinelli of the FWACC said this reunion is the longest she has seen at the center due to a microchip. "We were just so happy that this dog that had been missing that they'd probably given up hope on was finally able to make his way back home," Pasquinelli told ABC21 via video call.
But Seiler and Kuntz didn't just wait hopelessly for Kemo to return - they opened their own animal rescue in Waterloo, "Canine Haven."
The website claims that: "we place dogs into foster care until permanent forever homes are found."
Luckily for Kemo, his forever parents have reunited with him thanks to FWACC. We're not crying, you are...