SEVIERVILLE (WATE) – A lost dog from Sevierville, who was in and out of shelters and even adopted out to a Florida family, was reunited with his original owners two days ago.
Max’s owner drove by the Pets Without Parents shelter off Old Newport Highway and saw a boxer outside that looked much like her own that went missing.
The journey started in the Ashe family’s living room. Max got out the door two years ago and has been staying at a shelter just over nine miles away.
“We called him King Leon here,” said shelter director Kylee Davis. “We were really surprised and we really didn’t think he was going to be the same dog,” said Davis.
For the last year and a half, staff at the shelter has been trying to find the dog’s owners with no luck. Max was first adopted by a Florida family which didn’t work out. He then came back to the shelter and went to a second home that also wasn’t a fit.
The shelter has been Max’s home for the last eight months, but he was standing at the fence two days ago at just the right time.
“Well, my daughter actually spotted him and realized it before I did. She’s like, ‘Oh my gosh Mom, I think it’s Max,’ ” said owner Marsha Ashe.
The Ashe family had given up hope after searching for a long time. After reuniting with his owners, they showed his veterinarian paperwork and pictures of Max as a puppy. He was soon welcomed back home but with a few more gadgets, like a microchip.
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“Now if he gets out I’ll be able to find him,” said Ashe.
It took years for this pet to find his parents.
“To see that he got to go home to his original owner was one of the greatest things I’ve ever seen,” said Davis.
“Never quit hoping. Things can always happen,” added Ashe.
Local animal shelters suggest you microchip both your dogs and cats. If you happen to lose a pet, it’s recommended you call and check animal shelters every other day.