Every Saturday morning, WDBJ7 features an animal from the Roanoke Valley SPCA.
This past weekend, was "Oscar's" turn to shine.

"Come to find out that morning there were two-little boys from Botetourt County watching channel 7 news and they saw this dog and said to their parents, 'That's our dog, Brawny,'" explains RVSPCA's Denise Hayes.

Turns out "Oscar" was the long-lost "Brawny."

"The staff that was there for that re-introduction said you could instantly see he knew who the kids were, knew who the family was, that it was a great reunion for everybody involved," says Hayes.

That chance reunion and visit to WDBJ7 was put in motion nearly a year ago when Brawny went missing.
He was picked up by animal control and eventually brought to the SPCA where he was adopted by another family who couldn't keep him.

But, SPCA CEO Denise Hayes says not every animal's story has an happy ending like "Brawny's."
That, why Hayes says the hours and days after your pet goes missing, are so important.

"It's really important for folks that do lose pets to immediately start looking right away. Contact the pound, contact local veterinarians. A dog that is lost can travel 3 to 5 miles a day," she explains.

It's estimated one in three pets will be lost once in its life. That's why rescue organizations say your pet should have some sort of ID, whether that be microchipping or maybe even a tag.. or better yet both.

Hayes says check pounds in surrounding jurisdictions and don't just call.

"Always go in person and go several times, if a dog comes in as a stray, it's required to be held, by state law for a certain length of time, so don't just go once, make several trips back," she says.

Hayes recommends the site: -as a resource if you lose your dog.

Click here to see our original Pet Stories segment.