Bradenton, FL – A woman is reunited with her lost dog after reading a viral Internet news story on Facebook about adoptable dogs on Beer Can Labels.
Bay Tech Label was fortunate to be involved in printing and donating these custom beer labels to Motorworks Brewing.
All the beer sale profits go towards the Manatee animal services shelter. The Manatee County animal services department is currently at double their capacity, so the profits from this project will help build a new animal shelter to house the additional animals.
"It has been a constant problem, being the county’s only open-admission shelter, we take in nearly 15-20 animals every day," said Hans Wohlgefahrt, Manatee County animal service outreach and event specialist.
Monica Mathis says she was on Facebook when she read the viral story about adoptable dogs printed on beer can labels from a Florida brewery.
"She looked in the article and saw our name and she called us right away," says Wohlgefahrt,
"I saw one of the dogs on there and I was like 'oh my gosh, that looks like my dog,'" said Mathis.
The dog’s name was ‘Day Day’, and Mathis says she helped deliver as a puppy. After the dog went missing from her Iowa home in 2017, she has been searching for Day Day ever since.
How Did The Dog Go Missing?
"I searched for her, I called shelters and couldn’t find her at all and eventually I moved back to Minnesota," said Mathis.
Mathis called the Manatee county animal services immediately. She showed paperwork that proved the dog use to be hers, called Hazel.
Animal services did check the dog for a microchip and found one matching to an owner called Monica, but the last name had changes and other information was outdated.
"Once I got the confirmation I just couldn’t believe that this was actually my dog," said Mathis.
"It’s just such a lucky and amazing story," said Wohlgefahrt.
No one really knows how Hazel (Day Day) got from Iowa to Florida.
"The chance to be able to have her come home is amazing. I’m just so happy that I’m getting her back," said Mathis.
"We are just delighted that a Minnesota owner will be getting their dog back after three years because of what we did," said Denise Tschida, co-founder and president of Motorworks Brewing.