Former Shelter Worker In Maryland Drives Missing Dog Back To His Owner In Kansas

Without a solution to get Zimba home, bartender Zach Holt decided to take it upon himself and drive the dog halfway across the country.

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Zach and Zimba on Zimba’s road trip home to Wichita, Kansas. Via Caroline County Humane Society/Facebook
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A Pit Bull mix named Zimba was picked up by the Caroline County Humane Society in Ridgely, Maryland, with a microchip that indicated he at one point lived in Wichita, Kansas.

When staff at the humane society contacted Zimba’s owner, she explained that her then-boyfriend had taken the dog on a trip and that during the trip, they broke up, the Caroline County Humane Society wrote on its Facebook page. The dog somehow was left to his own devices and eventually was picked up by the Caroline County Humane Society. Unfortunately, the woman said she would not be able to make the journey to pick Zimba up because of her children and her job.

Posted by Caroline County Humane Society on Tuesday, December 5, 2017

The humane society contacted airlines for assistance, and none stepped up to the plate. Nor could the shelter where Zimba was adopted out from.

That is when Zach Holt, who used to work at the shelter, and whose girlfriend is an animal control officer at the shelter, agreed to personally drive Zimba to Wichita. On his own time and on his own dime.

Posted by Caroline County Humane Society on Tuesday, December 5, 2017

“I’m a bartender,” Holt told WJZ. “I strictly work, you know, the weekends and Monday and I have Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday off. And four days is plenty of time to get to Kansas and back, so I said, ‘Why not?’”

So Holt got in his car on Dec. 5, 2017, with Zimba as his navigator and started their road trip to Wichita.

“All the hard work, you know, of coordinating everything and having him found, you know, the person that took time out of their day to actually, you know, wrangle Zimba and make sure that they got in contact with somebody. I mean that was awesome.” Holt told WJZ. “It was just as easy for them to just ride on by and be like ‘Oh look, there’s a stray dog.’”

Posted by Zach Holt on Wednesday, December 6, 2017

The shelter is chronicling “Zach and Zimba’s Amazing Adventure from Ridgely, Maryland to Wichita, Kansas” on Facebook, and when followers of the shelter’s page read that Zach is doing this entirely on his own, they started to chip in.

“We are so thankful to everyone who has stepped forward to ensure that funds are available for this really great adventure and road trip to get Zimba back home to Wichita, KS. Be safe, Zach and Zimba!!” the shelter wrote on its Facebook page.

As of 9 a.m. on December 6, Zach and Zimba had made it to Walton, Kansas.

“Y’all seriously have no idea how excited I was to see this sign this morning LOL,” Holt wrote on Facebook.

Zach and Zimba are almost to Wichita! If you wish to donate to help defray the cost of Zach driving Zimba more than 1,300 miles from Ridgely, Maryland, to Wichita, Kansas, and back, you can do so on the Caroline County Humane Society website.

You can also follow their adventure on the Caroline County Humane Society’s Facebook page.

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