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Firefighter reunited with lost dog after adoption by new family, social media storm

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William Jones reunited with his dog Hunter. (Photo: Humane Society for Southwest Washington) William Jones reunited with his dog Hunter. (Photo: Humane Society for Southwest Washington)
Hunter is now back home with his owner in Battle Ground. (Photo: Humane Society for Southwest Washington) Hunter is now back home with his owner in Battle Ground. (Photo: Humane Society for Southwest Washington)
VANCOUVER, WA (KPTV) -

A wildland firefighter was reunited with his lost dog after a social media storm that started when the dog was adopted by a new family.

William Jones and Hunter the dog were reunited Tuesday at the Humane Society for Southwest Washington.

Hunter escaped from a friend's home while Jones was battling wildfires in early August. The dog was picked up by animal control.

Hunter did not have a microchip or any other identification. The dog remained unclaimed at the Humane Society for 10 days.

The Humane Society, following agency policy, put Hunter up for adoption after six days and the dog was adopted by a new family.

When Jones returned home to Battle Ground and learned about what happened, he posted the details on Facebook and the story soon went viral.

The family that adopted Hunter initially said they bonded with the dog and did not want to give him back.

Social media pressure caused them to reconsider, according to Humane Society workers, and Hunter was returned to the shelter Aug. 20.

Hunter has remained at the Humane Society for Southwest Washington since that time while Jones was on assignment at another wildland fire.

On Tuesday, Humane Society workers advised Jones about care, nutrition and how to prevent Hunter from escaping in the future.

"There were lots of smiles and licks from Hunter" at the reunion, according to the Humane Society, and "Jones threw a Kong for Hunter as they settled back into being together."

Before this situation, microchips were offered for $30 when runaway dogs were picked up by their families at the Humane Society for Southwest Washington. Due to the costs associated with redeeming animals, families would often turn that down.  

Thanks to two donors who followed this story and wanted to turn this into a positive situation, microchips will now will be offered to all strays who are redeemed by their families for free. 

To donate to Project Chip! Go to southwesthumane.org/engage/donate/make-a-donation.

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