A woman from Oundle was reunited with her pet dog, when it was found in Birmingham.
Julia Brookes and her Yorkshire terrier Billy were visiting Birmingham when Billy went missing.
Julia is a member of the East Northamptonshire Council Green Dog Club and the club’s dog warden got a phone call from someone who had found Billy wandering round Birmingham without his owner.
Using the Green Dog Club database, the dog warden was able to call Ms Brookes on her mobile and she and Billy were reunited.
The club is a free service offered to dog owners living in East Northamptonshire. Those who sign up get a numbered dog tag and are registered on the club’s database so that owners of stray dogs can be contacted quickly.
Members of the club also receive information about East Northamptonshire Council’s activity to reduce dog fouling in the district and a free roll of dog bags.
Leader of East Northamptonshire Council, Steven North, said: “This happy reunion clearly demonstrates that membership of the Green Dog Club is really worthwhile.
“It’s not every day that we get a call to say one of our members’ dogs has been found in Birmingham, but it shows that the scheme works wherever in the country a registered dog is found.
“Almost 400 residents have already signed up to the scheme, and ideally we’d like all dog owners in the district to become members so that when a stray is found, it can be easily returned to its owner.”
For details, visit the Green Dog Club web page at www.east-northamptonshire.gov.uk or call 01832 742068.