Shelters Use Social Media to Reunite Families, Pets After Floods

One pup's photo went viral, and reached his family days after devastating floods.

Families in Nebraska are recovering after devasting floods this month, and that includes trying to find four-legged family members who are missing in the aftermath. But social media is helping pet owners reunite with their furry best friends.

Once such pup was Champ. According to, Champ went missing right before a creek in his family's back yard flooded . He was found days later, wandering along the Blue River and covered in mud, where a police officer was able to rescue him.

Champ resting and recovering after he was rescued. His family saw this picture on Facebook.

Champ was taken to the Beatrice Humane Society in Beatrice, NE, but the shelter didn't know how to find his family. So they posted Champ's picture online, and the post got more than 24,000 views--nearly five times as many as a typical post! Luckily Amanda McColery, Champ's owner, saw the post, and knew he was OK!

"We've been looking for him as much as we could the past several days and saw his face on the Beatrice Humane Society," McColery said.

Sadly, missing pets after a natural disaster are a very common sight. "Lost Dogs of America" has tips on what you can do to make sure you and your pet are prepared , especially if you know a natural disaster, such as flooding or a hurricane, could be imminent. That includes stockpiling the right food and supplies and making accommodations at pet-friendly locations in the event you have to evacuate.

Photo courtesy Beatrice Humane Society on Facebook.

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