Family Is Reunited With Dog Nearly Three Years After She Disappeared

Family Is Reunited With Dog Nearly Three Years After She Disappeared

Nearly three years ago, Bella the Maltese-Pomeranian mix disappeared from her owner’s Fort Lauderdale, Florida workplace.

Bill Gerstein and his family never thought they would see her again until he received an email on Tuesday from a New Jersey animal shelter after they found his information on a microchip

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Gerstein, who now lives in Del Ray Beach, told WPTV that he immediately booked a flight and headed to New Jersey because he couldn’t believe that nearly three years later he would finally be getting Bella back.

“I was like, how the heck did the dog get here to New Jersey?” Paterson Animal Control Officer Angel Rivera said. “If the microchip was never registered, he would have never found the dog. We would’ve given the dog up for adoption, or have given it to one of the rescues that come through the shelter.”

Credit: WE FOUND BELLA the DOG/Facebook

When Gerstein arrived at the shelter he says Bella was shaking uncontrollably upon his arrival, and it continued for about 10 minutes. 

It turns out, a family in New Jersey had cared for the tiny dog for about nine months before she ran away from their home and ended up at the shelter. The family, however, still had no idea how Bella got to New Jersey all the way from Fort Lauderdale. 

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Regardless of how she made it back to her family, the reunion couldn’t have happened at a better time, as it was just in time for Thanksgiving. 

This was one miracle that the Gerstein family will be telling for years to come. 

This rescue emphasizes the importance of getting your dog microchipped, because you just never know what can happen… or where they will wander!

Watch the incredible video of Bella blow: 

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