FORTY FORT — A social media group and the local SPCA combined forces to help a lost pooch get back to her rightful owners on Thursday.
Lackawanna & Luzerne Counties Lost DOG Project USA posted a photo of a pit bull named Ducky on Wednesday night. A non-profit organization, Lost DOG Project USA works to help lost-and-found dogs get back to their original owners in the two counties. Its website lists any found dogs its members have found, along with a number of success stories of dogs they have returned home.
According to the project’s website, it began in August 2012 and has reunited more than 300 dogs with their families. The project’s Facebook page has more than 9,000 “Likes,” and routinely posts photos of found dogs.
Founder Ellen McCormick said the dog was initially found on Welles Street in Forty Fort. “She was running in and out of traffic,” she said.
Ducky was taken to the Plains Animal Hospital, and the SPCA of Luzerne County was notified.
Peggy Nork, development director of the SPCA, said the dog was scanned and a microchip was found. Attempts were made to research the origins of the chip, but its origins could not be traced.
Kelly Jordan, 39, of Dupont, took care of Ducky overnight. She called the SPCA the next day to let it know that she had the dog. The original owners of the dog also contacted the SPCA, and Ducky was returned home.
Jordan said the owners were living in Alaska and had just moved to the Wyoming Valley a few weeks ago. The owners declined to comment for this story.
Jordan praised the Lost DOG Project USA. “They do such a wonderful job,” Jordan said.
McCormick urged anybody who finds a lost dog or loses a dog to contact the SPCA, referring to it as the “central location” for finding a lost pet.
Nork added that the SPCA of Luzerne County has the only state-certified stray hold facility in the county.