A lost Wichita dog is coming home from Maryland thanks to a big act of kindness

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WICHITA, Kan. (WIBW) — With a little help from a very kind stranger, a "super sweet" pup began his 1,300 mile trek back home to Wichita after he was found halfway across the country, in Maryland.

The Caroline Co. (Md.) Humane Society says Zimba came to them as a stray. No one came looking for him and the shelter first shared his picture on Facebook on November 25, looking for his owner. Fortunately, the pitbull mix had a microchip tracing him back to Wichita.

The shelter said they called the number and found Zimba's mom, who was thrilled to learn he was safe. Zimba's mom, whose name wasn't given, then told them the sad story of how her dog ended up so far away.

She reportedly explained her then-boyfriend took Zimba to Maryland for a visit. While he was there they broke up. She says he abandoned Zimba and wouldn't return her calls.

Sadly, mom couldn't make the trip to the east coast to pick him up. The shelter says it contacted airlines to no avail and the humane society where Zimba was first adopted couldn't help either.

Enter the hero of the story, Zach. He used to work for the Maryland shelter and volunteered to take Zimba home again.

Their trip began Tuesday. The shelter, of course, compared the trip to the Wizard of Oz. But, instead of playing Toto, Zimba's been cast as Dorothy.

The shelter says Zach didn't ask for anything in exchange for making the trip, however they are collecting donations to cover his gas, tolls, and other expenses. Donations can be made via PayPal at their website.