Find Jasper: Missing dog reunited with owner after Facebook appeal goes viral

Adam Nolan launched a huge social media appeal to find his 'best friend'

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A missing dog whose disappearance sparked a viral social media campaign has been found safe and well.

Adam Nolan lost his Border Collie Jasper during a walk at Cam Spout Crag, below Scafell Pike in the Lake District, on Sunday afternoon.

Mr Nolan immediately launched an appeal on social media for help finding his four-legged friend. The #findjasper campaign quickly went viral and the hashtag was shared hundreds of thousands of times.

After being missing for four days, information from the public eventually led to Jasper being spotted at Scafell Pike in the early hours of Thursday morning.

The Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team were then alerted and began the rescue operation to bring Jasper home.

Mr Nolan said he was “over the moon” when his “best friend” Jasper was discovered near Scafell Pike near Lingmell Col.

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The Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team with Jasper

In a post on Facebook, he wrote: "This morning Geoff Horky ascended Scafell Pike in response to the information received yesterday regarding the sighting of Jasper Near the Scafell Pike summit. Geoff found Jasper at 2.00am in very good condition.

"The Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team were then alerted and began the rescue operation. Upon hearing the news I followed the Wasdale Mountain Rescue team to Lingmell Col were I was united with Jasper.

"Naturally there are numerous individual who I would like to thank, but at the moment I would say a huge thank you to Geoff and the Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team for their heroic efforts this morning."

After being reunited with Jasper, Mr Nolan set up a JustGiving page to raise money for a new base for the Wasdale Mountain Rescue team.

The page has only been set up for a few hours but has already received over £17,000 in donations

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