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4-year-old Dog Reunites with Homeless Owner Through a Facebook Post


A dog that had been abandoned has been reunited with her owner thanks to a good Samaritan's intervention and a Facebook post.
Lilo and her owner reunitedPhoto byMcKamey Animal Center via ABC News

According to ABC News, this week, the German shepherd-Great Pyrenees mix dog named Lilo, who is 4 years old, was reunited with her owner after a Tennessee animal shelter shared a Facebook post about her.

Lilo was left by her owner to wander about with a note tied to her leash that read: "Please keep my name. My name is Lilo. Please love me. My mom can't keep me and is homeless with 2 kids. "She tried her best but can't get help. I cost too much for her. She really loves me & I'm a great dog & love to be loved on. Please don't abuse me."
The note attached to LiloPhoto byMcKamey Animal Center via ABC News

According to a note to Lilo's mom by McKamey Animal Center of Chattanooga, a nonprofit animal center, "Lilo arrived at MAC a few days ago after a good Samaritan found her wandering with her leash still attached, likely near where you left her. We are so sorry that you had to make the decision to leave her behind."

The McKamey staff was particularly moved by the anonymous message, said Lauren Mann, the center's director of advancement, in an interview with "Good Morning America."

Mann said: "It really hit us all, especially that last line of 'Please don't abuse me. So we decided that we were going to take to social media and hopefully through the power of Facebook and everyone that's out there, we would hope that we could find her."

Within a day, according to Mann, Lilo and her owner were together, giving each other a big hug.

She said: "We got a phone call from someone that was claiming to be her mom. I called them back and asked them questions and right away, it was very clear that it definitely was her just based off some of the things that were shared with me. And so we had her come in to just verify identity and we let them see each other of course, and that's when that next photo got taken and shared."

Mann stated that she was unable to publicly identify the owner out of respect for the owner and their family's safety but that it was clear Lilo was a cherished family pet.

Mann stated: "The initial ask was just, if you were her mom, to come forward, that we wanted to reunite Lilo with her family. It's very clear just by looking at Lilo that she was very well loved and cared for. The times are tough and people just need kindness more than anything right now. And so we were just hoping that she would come forward."

Since Lilo and her owner have reconciled, Mann stated that McKamey is attempting to support the family in order to keep Lilo with them indefinitely.

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