Monty’s Military Family Reunion

Monty and family ‘Tis the season for miracles at AHS

Monty’s story is just one example of how magical the holidays can be.

Alexandra and Dylan Cruz were just 11 and 9 years old when they last saw Monty, their now 7-year-old Yorkie. It was 2008 and the Cruz family was being deployed overseas. Not only was the transition a huge one, but they had to make the very difficult decision regarding what was best for their two yorkies – Monty and Diva. The cost to move the whole family to Germany, where yard size was an issue, led to the heartbreaking decision to re-home Monty with another family at the military base they were living at in Ft. Huachuca, AZ.

 

Prior to leaving for Germany, the Cruz family checked in on Monty numerous times and even visited with Diva before their departure. As months turned to years, the Cruz family thought of Monty often, but never expected to see him again.

 

Then just weeks ago, as the Thanksgiving holiday approached, the Cruz family received a call from a Good Samaritan who had found Monty wondering the streets. She had taken him to a veterinarian who discovered his microchip which led back to the Cruz family, now living in El Paso, TX. As they worked to make arrangements to get Monty back, Monty’s newest owner called stating she wanted Monty back. The family agreed saying that if she really loved him she could have him back, but only if she would fix her fence and update his microchip. Despite those promises, it was only a matter of weeks before Monty ended up at the Arizona Humane Society and became part of AHS’ Project Assist, an alternative placement program in which AHS helps care for pets in emergency situations.

 

Over the next few weeks, Monty was taken care of in AHS’ Second Chance Animal Hospital™ where he was neutered, given a dental and examined for a health certificate in order to get clearance to fly to Texas to be reunited with his family. As AHS’ veterinarians worked to get Monty healthy, AHS’ volunteer force reached out to their networks of friends and family in order to find someone who could fly with Monty to El Paso. After weeks of planning and dozens of e-mails, Monty landed in El Paso just one week before Christmas.

 

The Cruz family truly believes that “after all this time it is fate for us to bring Monty back to our family and to Diva!!” Not only does Monty rejoin Diva, Alexandra, Dylan, Ron and Suzanne, but he also joins Jade, a 4-year-old Chiweenie and Dolli, a 5-year-old Terrier mix. Monty is one of over 1,000 pets who AHS’ Alternative Placement team has helped reunite with their loving owners after they have gone missing and is now one of AHS’ 12 Saves of Christmas; resilient and inspiring pets who are now in their forever homes for the holidays.

 
The Arizona Humane Society’s mission is to improve the lives of animals, alleviate their suffering, and elevate their status in society. We safeguard, rescue, shelter, heal, adopt and advocate for animals in need, while inspiring community action and compassion on their behalf.