GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - After Friday, an Indianapolis family can breathe easy, because the nearly three month search for its puppy is finally over.
Carrie Swan and Adam Chitwood came to Gulfport to visit family back in July. Just days into their vacation, their dog Ginger got loose and went missing.
After days of failed attempts to find her, the family had to head back home.
"It was like an emptiness, like we didn't want to leave. I wanted to stay. Then we said we can stay. We can wait for her. She'll come around. Then, traveling back home without her, it was like part of the family's gone," Swan said.
Before returning home, the family put up flyers around Gulfport. They said they even made a few visits back to the Coast to try and find her, but every trip was unsuccessful.
After weeks of wandering the streets, Ginger was finally spotted on St. Charles Street in Gulfport.
"She's been gone for almost three months, two and a half months, so this was a pretty rare case. I think that she stayed alive for this long and we were able to find her," President of Tired Dog Rescue Terry Casillas said.
Now that the search is over, Swan and Chitwood can breathe easier.
"Feels like we're a whole family again, you know. We can go home and be back to normal, I guess, at what we were doing," Swan said.
"If I had a million dollars, I would donate it all to them," Swan's daughter, Taylor, said.
"Definitely blessings," Chitwood added.
Saturday Dog Rescue will be at the 5th annual Blessing of the Animals with a table and some adoptable pets. Ginger will be one of the animals to be blessed.