Jack Russell Terrier from Pennsylvania Arrives as a Stray at Bonnie Hays Shelter

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Sponsored by: Health and Human Services Department, Animal Services Division
Gidget, a seven-year-old Jack Russell Terrier, has been on a journeyGidget that might make a good Disney movie. Gidget went missing from a town near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on April 22.

Four-and-a-half months later, a good Samaritan found Gidget in Tualatin and brought her to the Bonnie Hays Animal Shelter in Hillsboro as a stray.

 "It is an absolute mystery to everyone how little Gidget ended up here, nearly 3,000 miles from home," says Animal Services Manager Deborah Wood. "We are just thrilled that she was microchipped and that the owner's information was current. We were able to tell Gidget's family that she is safe."

The next step will be to figure out how to get her home. "Gidget's owner clearly loves her, and has been trying for the past couple of weeks to find a way to get her home," says Wood. It is too expensive for the owner to fly out, and the shelter doesn't have a transportation program. "Our goal is to get this dog back to her worried family, and we're going to have to be creative to do so."  

Media Contact:

Deborah Wood, Animal Services Manager
503-846-7148
deborah_wood@co.washington.or.us