An Illinois woman who lost her dog eight years ago never imagined her beloved pet would end up in Hawaii.
Sheryl Jans' Boston Terrier Koki was recently turned over to the Hawaii island Humane Society in Kona.
Jans gave Koki to an ex-girlfriend during a break-up. She lost touch with her ex and didn't know she had moved to Hawaii. But, she kept one lifeline open to Koki.
"I was gave up Koki, but I didn't want to give up the rights to Koki so I had her microchipped because I always thought if anything ever happens, they can only contact me if she's dropped off somewhere," said Jans.
And that's exactly what happened.
About a week ago, Jans' ex-girlfriend's mother turned Koki over to the Hawaii Island Humane Society. The Humane Society was able to track down Jans in Northern Illinois.
"This is another story of how microchipping works," said Donna Whitaker of the Hawaii Island Humane Society. "Because her name was on the register to Koki, it allowed us to find her and try to reunite these guys."
Jans in a schoolteacher and says she doesn't have the money to fly to the Big Island to claim Koki. So, she started a fundraiser page on the Internet hoping to cover travel expenses and the cost to bring Koki up-to-date on her shots.
"I found a Good Samaritan via the Internet who is actually taking care of Koki until I can get her back to the mainland," said Jans.
Until she find the funds, Jans dreams about the happy reunion and how she'll catch up on eight years of lost time.
A local transport company has offered to fly Koki to California and Jans is considering it as an option.
Jans is more than halfway to the amount she needs to bring Koki to the mainland.