Beloved Pitbull Stolen From Family Travels 2,000 Miles With a Volunteer Relay Team to Make It Home in Time for Christmas

Beloved Pitbull Stolen From Family Travels 2,000 Miles With a Volunteer Relay Team to Make It Home in Time for Christmas

This dog was on a mission to get home and there were volunteers with him every step of the way to help him achieve that... and in time for Christmas

The holidays are all about having fun, sharing love and spending time with your friends and family. And for some people, their furry friends are as much a part of the family as anyone else. So to not have them there when you celebrate the holiday it can be devastating. That is what this family from Montana nearly had to experience when their beloved pitbull Zeus had been stolen from them. But when it comes to the Yuletide season, miracles are everywhere.

Cassandra Rasmussen, a mother of two girls, had allowed a family friend to stay over some time in late October. Only when she came home from work one day, she found precious items gone, but what she missed more was her beloved pet. However, the said "friend" who had robbed her, was soon apprehended in West Virginia, and with him was the pitbull-mix, 2,000 miles away from his home earlier in December 2019, reported CBS News.


The Kanawha Charleston Humane Association, based in the state, who had taken in the Zeus after the arrest, discovered whom he belonged to when they found a microchip embedded. “It seems Cassandra who is a single mom in Butte, Montana allowed a family friend to come stay with her for a bit. The ‘friend’ basically robbed her blind stole her wallet, a number of things while she was at work including her dog Zeus. The friend was apprehended in Nitro, and when he was arrested Zeus was still with him,” said Chelsea Staley with the association.

Eager to reunite him with his family, they tried to arrange for a way to send him back. However, they hit a snag when they realized that 73-pound Zeus was "too big" to fly commercially, said Staley. But that was not going to stop them from giving the Rasmussen family their loved one back.


Arranging a team of volunteers, they set out to conduct a relay wherein various people would transport the canine across the country. A group called Many Paws Volunteer Transport coordinated what would be an amazing journey, which involved dozens of kind humans lending a hand and their cars, according to WOWK-TV. "It's wonderful. This is a great experience, a great opportunity to show the people and communities across the United States offering to help, jumping on this — to help reunite this dog with its family," Jenn Robles, a volunteer with the organization, told the outlet.


Soon enough, young Zeus was on his way back home with people rushing to make sure that he would reunite with his family before Christmas.

Once he started, the volunteers made the time and effort to showcase his journey across the United States of America, each of them falling in love with this beautiful pitbull.


Each day of the week-long journey was documented. And not all of the volunteers' cars were left spotless.


And on the fourth day, this is what happened.


Soon enough, Zeus was finally home with his family who missed him terribly. Check out the video of his reunion with the Rasmussen family:


It truly was a Christmas miracle.



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