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After Missing for Two Plus Months, Pepper is Reunited with Her Person!

On Tuesday, August 14, two-year-old Pepper was reunited with her owner Brandon Adams. The Pit Bull had been missing for two and a half months!


Pepper originally came to the Humane Society with a group of other dogs. She was warm and sweet to female staff, but she appeared shy and submissive around men. When visiting the Humane Society, Brandon was drawn to the sweet girl. She remained closed off during their first meeting, but Brandon understood her background and tried again a few days later. This time Pepper greeted him with a tail wag, and Brandon was sold! “I was looking for an animal that needed a second chance,” Brandon said.


Brandon continued to work with Pepper, and she started to come out of her shell. He discovered that she loved car rides. He started with her in the very back seat, and with each ride, he’d gage Pepper’s comfort level. In no time at all, she was ready for the front seat!


Two weeks after meeting Brandon, Pepper went missing. Devastated, Brandon came into the Humane Society and was taken through a stray dog walkthrough. Not seeing Pepper, Brandon looked through the Lost Pet Binder, where people call in with found animals that they will be temporarily housing until an owner can be found. Since Brandon was not on social media, Adoption Services Representative Aidan Barba volunteered to post pictures to various lost pet groups on Brandon’s behalf. Aidan kept Pepper’s picture on her personal phone, and both Aidan and Brandon poured over www.thehumanesociety.org hoping that Pepper would turn up.


While checking the Humane Society website, Aidan happened across a dog that reminded her of Pepper. The next day she was excited to see if the stray was a match, scanned for a microchip, and was over the moon that it was, in fact, Pepper!!! “Brandon was emotional when he got the call, and I was so excited I told anyone who would listen!” Aidan exclaimed.


Since Pepper has been reunited with Brandon, she has already made some remarkable progress. Where she used to sleep at the foot of Brandon’s bed, she now demands to sleep up top with her new best friend! And after having all but given up hope on ever finding her, Brandon is now more determined than ever to work with Pepper, providing her with a loving home and giving her the opportunity to show how much love she has to offer in return <3


In 2017, we reunited 1,729 animals with their owners. If you have a lost or found pet, please visit www.thehumanesociety.org/lost-found/

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Animals have been placed from January 1, 2018 through October 31st, 2018.


Lost pets have been reunited with their owners from January 1, 2018 through October 31st, 2018.

The Society has exceeded a 90% live release rate throughout 2017. Our current live release rate is 92.77%

Calculated according to the nationally recognized Asilomar standards.

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