Ken Ross, April's owner for 15 years, came forward following media appeals after she disappeared over a year ago. Staff at the Dogs Trust Ballymena had been caring for the canine since April 22 this year.
April, or Amber as she was known then, went missing from the Ross family home on Easter Sunday in 2014 when she walked out the garage door and never came back.
Mr Ross said: "I was at work eating my lunch when I first saw her rehoming appeal in the local paper, I recognised her immediately and thought, that, just maybe, it could be our Amber.
"I told my partner, Nicky and when we saw the news report on TV, we just knew it was her. When we showed our daughter she was so emotional, it was a truly magical moment."
The family had searched tirelessly.
"The minute I realised she'd gone missing I looked everywhere for her. We searched our local streets and fields for days, we even asked the local children to help us in our search. But after a week, I have to admit I feared for the worst and thought we had lost her forever."
The cross-breed was dangerously dehydrated and had reduced vision when she arrived in Ballymena. She was so weak she could hardly put one foot in front of the other.
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