A firefighter from Battleground, Washington, is going to be reunited with his dog, Hunter, who was adopted out to another family earlier this month. The black Labrador retriever mix belongs to William Jones, who left his dog with a friend while he left the area to fight a wildfire.
During Jones’ time away, Hunter escaped from a fenced yard at his pet sitter’s home and he was subsequently picked up as a stray – the dog was taken to the Humane Society for Southwest Washington where he was held for the mandatory “stray hold” time before being adopted out to a new family.
Upon returning from fighting the wildfire, Jones learned that his dog had escaped from his friend’s yard. Jones reached out to the Humane Society and learned that his pet, who unfortunately arrived to the shelter without any form of identification, had been adopted to a new family.
Initially, the family who adopted Hunter refused to return Hunter to his original owner – but the family has since had a change of heart. On Sunday, the Humane Society for Southwest Washington updated Facebook followers with the news:
Hunter has been returned to the Humane Society by his adoptive family. They asked us to share with our FB friends that they are deeply saddened, but understand that William needs his dog.
We are in contact with William and his family, and they will be reunited with Hunter as soon as William can get off the fire he is currently fighting.
A full recount of Hunter’s situation can be found at this newly created Facebook page.