Pet FBI reunited missing Derry dog Sam with family
In the three years since Pet FBI - Found By Internet - was set up in Londonderry it has reunited hundreds of missing animals with their worried owners through its social media page.
When little mongrel Sam disappeared from his home in Drumaduff near Dungiven earlier this month, it was thanks to the charity's Facebook page that he was successfully reunited with his distraught family.
Nicola Irwin and her husband rescued Sam 18 months ago when they found him lying in a ditch near their home looking very forlorn.
When Sam failed to come home after one of his regular jaunts around their farm at the start of this month, Mrs Irwin fretted that something dreadful had happened him.
Speaking to the Belfast Telegraph, she said: "We live on a farm and Sam had the run of it but he never went too far and always came to the door, so when night-time came and there was no sign of him I was worried right away.
"We scoured the roads looking for him every day for three weeks. I couldn't get him out of my mind. I kept wondering if he was hurt and lying somewhere in pain or lost, or even worse.
"My wee grandson Ryan was just as bad and one day he said: 'Don't worry Granny, I said a prayer that Sam will be found'.
"Someone was telling me about Pet FBI, so we checked on that as well every day and then about a week ago I couldn't believe my eyes when a girl put up a photo of this wee dog that she had found in Drumahoe.
"I rang Lisa Patton at Pet FBI to say I thought it was my dog that had been found in Drumahoe, and a few checks later confirmed it was indeed our Sam.
"Pet FBI were amazing. I was very impressed that they didn't just hand Sam back, they made sure I was the rightful owner first."
Lisa said: "It is always great when we unite lost dogs like Sam with their owners and thankfully we have done that hundreds of times since we launched.
"A big part of our work also centres around helping abandoned dogs, and we depend on donations from the public to cover vet costs."
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