Donovan's journey began when another Canadian rescue group, Saskatchewan-based Adopt A Paw Pet Haven, sprung him and 29 other dogs from a shelter in California, intending to drive the dogs to an adoption event in Edmonton, Alberta.
The trip ended tragically on September 13, just 135 miles south of Edmonton. The trailer hauling the dogs flipped on the highway near the small town of Olds, Alberta. Many of the animals and the two women who were transporting them were hurt in the crash. Two dogs died at the scene, and the fatality count eventually rose to four. Donovan and seven other dogs ran from the crash, scattering into nearby farmland.
In the aftermath of the crash, the Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society and other rescue organizations worked around the clock, moving the injured animals to vet clinics and searching for Donovan and the others who were still missing. Six of those dogs were quickly located, but Donovan and a chihuahua mix named Jerry remained at large.
This digital missing poster for Jerry and Donovan was shared on social media. (Facebook: AARCS)