Tom Finley hasn’t been able to sleep or eat for the past two weeks. His dog, Reba, had been missing since September 7. But now, this well known Chicago panhandler can finally get a night of peaceful sleep because he has been reunited with his beloved Reba.
A woman turned in the dog to the Anti-Cruelty Society on Saturday. A spokeswoman at the Anti-Cruelty Society said the woman who returned Reba was in tears and simply handed the workers there the dog. Employees at the shelter didn’t ask her any questions or identify the woman because they promised if Reba was returned, no questions would be asked.
Finley said he has already forgiven the woman, if she was even the one who took his dog. He thanked the woman for bringing back Reba to him.
A reward for Reba’s return was offered to the woman, but she refused to take the reward. The money will be given to Finley instead. The amount was set two weeks ago at $500, but the amount has grown with donations to an undisclosed amount.
Finley said: “I’d be lost without her. She’s the best thing that’s ever happened to me.”
The Anti Cruelty Society has offered Reba a lifetime of free veterinary care. Her first appointment will be this Tuesday.
For the past two weeks, Finley had been passing out fliers and looking all over for Reba. Chicago residents also aided Finley in his search. Office workers printed up fliers of Reba, and a woman gave him a prepaid cell phone. He said hundreds of people called him claiming to have spotted Reba.
Finley said he and Reba would have a great buffet to celebrate their reunion.
Welcome back, Reba.
Source: Chicago Tribune