RALEIGH, NC (WNCN) — It was nearly a month ago when we first introduced you to Zeus — the stray dog found in Durham — whose owners thought had died three years ago.
On Sunday, we finally got him on the road to reunite him with his family on the West Coast.
Three years ago — Zeus’ story started rough. But last month — his luck changed — thanks to the Williams family.
The last family that watched Zeus in North Carolina told his actual owners – a military family that is now stationed in Washington State — that he died.
“We’re glad that we were able to help, said Terry Williams.
“Yeah, he’s a great dog,” said Pat Williams.
Laura Williams and her parents have been fostering Zeus since she found him wandering her Durham neighborhood as a stray.
Thanks to his microchip, Laura called Zeus’ actual family — the Harworths — letting them know he was alive.
She also contacted WNCN to help get him home — but first we wanted to make sure he was healthy enough to travel. Enter Banfield Pet Hospital.
We discovered Zeus had heartworms — so he couldn’t fly.
But not only did Banfield pledge to completely pay for his treatment — one of its own volunteered to drive Zeus cross-country.
“Yeah, it’s kind of like a movie plot,” said Rachel Overby. “I’m just excited to be getting him home, I know if it was my baby, I’d want somebody to bring him back to me.”
Care packages are also in tow from a community that came together to help Zeus.
Zeus’ first stop tonight is Nashville. He’ll stop at Banfield offices throughout his week-long journey for free check-ups to make sure he’s okay.
The journey for a dog — back from the dead — is just beginning.