For almost two years now, the Ferrier family in Malden Rushett, U.K., has been fighting for a seriously important cause. In the spring of 2013, their young Cocker/Springer Spaniel mix was stolen from their home, assumedly for breeding purposes. Ever since Prince William and Kate got a Spaniel of their own, the price that a breeder can charge for just one pup has risen to 1,000 (over $1,500). Because of this, many families like the Ferriers have suffered from theft.
A few days ago, Ethan, now four, asked his mom if he could write a letter to the “bad men” who took his dog, Fern, away.
When the letter went viral, the family and the campaign to #FindFern caught everyone”s attention.
A poster from the one-year anniversary of Fern”s disappearance shows that the family has been diligent in their search for the pup.
Now, nearly two years after her disappearance, the family still hopes they”ll all be reunited.
Clearly, Ethan really misses his pup. In a recent interview with The Telegraph, his mother, Jodie, said, “He asks me every morning if Fern is coming back home and I have to tell him I don”t know – it”s heartbreaking.”
Since the family turned to social media for help, the #FindFern campaign has gained many supporters…
And human. It has also raised awareness for the other families that have endured the same hardship. Hopefully, these “bad men” will soon be stopped.
While there is still no sign of Fern, the overwhelming support is truly heartwarming.
(via Telegraph, BuzzFeed)
While I can only hope that Fern is still out there and that she”ll someday be reunited with her buddy Ethan, this one family”s efforts will not go to waste – regardless of whether or not she is returned home. Hopefully, this new awareness will prevent other families from experiencing the same sadness.
If you”d like to follow along with the #FindFern campaign, it can be found on Twitter and Facebook.