Sahara, a brown Belgian Malinois, has been missing since last weekend.
If dogs could talk, Sahara, a Belgian Malinois from California, could spin a yarn about her adventurous 25 hours on the lam in subzero temperatures, her first time in the snow and all the critters she met — or evaded.
Sahara slipped from her owners’ hotel room Tuesday afternoon after a housekeeper mistakenly let her loose. While Sahara was beginning her adventure, it was a nightmare for her owners, Nick Hoeh and Rick Dunkle, who moved here Saturday from California.
“We’re just going off of anything we can. If we hear it, I’m out there,” Hoeh said a few hours before Lafayette Animal Control found the 31/2-year-old pooch, which Hoeh and Dunkle rescued from an abusive home.
Animal Control officers spotted Sahara in the 900 block of Greenwich Road as the sun painted the western sky pink and the shadows grew long. It wasn’t the first sighting during her 25 hours in the wild. She had been spotted at Cracker Barrel, Hour Time Restaurant and the Lazy Boy Furniture store, but each time she ran from would-be rescuers.
Summer, a pit bull-terrier mix who ran away from her foster home was lost for almost four months. She is now back with her foster owners Corinne Hashenberger and Steve Staten at their home in Salem, Ore., on Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015.
This isn’t one of those farfetched tales about a canine wandering across state lines and thousands of miles from home before being found.
But this is an improbable story about a pup named Summer who ran away and was found 112 days later thanks to the relentless efforts of volunteers from the Willamette Humane Society, Lost and Found Pets of Salem Oregon, and the community at large.
“The network we have now saves these pets and brings them home,” said Rhonda Murray, who corralled the now nearly 1-year-old dog on Sunday, Jan. 11. “The power of networking is so phenomenal on social media.”
A photograph of the lilac-colored pit bull-terrier mix, posted on the Lost and Found Pets Facebook page, ultimately led searchers to the blackberry bushes behind two businesses on Commercial Street NE near the Y intersection with Front Street NE.
Summer was still a puppy when she busted out a screen door on Sept. 21, jumped off a 30-foot-high deck, and ran. It was her first night at her new foster home in West Salem. She had come to the Willamette Humane Society through its partnership with California-based Shelter Transfer Animal Rescue Team (START).
Mocha disappeared on New Year’s Eve, and her family is upset about how she was euthanized and cremated by York County Animal Control without their knowledge
The plight of Mocha, the Rock Hill dog euthanized on New Year’s Eve after being hit by a car, shines a light on the stress pet owners go through when their four-legged friends disappear.
But despite Mocha’s untimely fate, many lost animals do find their way home. In the case of one dog placed by Teri McAllister, it happened not once but twice.
After McAllister, founder and director of the private rescue shelter Recycled Pets of Rock Hill, placed a small dog with an owner in Charlotte, the dog escaped from its new downtown home. The stray got picked up by someone and taken to Charlotte’s Steele Creek neighborhood, where the pup escaped again and ended up at another house. That Good Samaritan’s efforts to locate the owner paid off.
“We tracked it down to who had picked it up, and when we went to Steele Creek, (the finder was) smart enough to put signs up around the neighborhood,” McAllister said.
Penny the missing pup has been reunited with her Washington state owners after a cross-country trek that led her to the Pittsburgh area.
A 7-month old Vizsla is back with her parents after getting lost and taking a 2,400-mile road trip with a truck driver.
“Penny” ran away from her owner’s office in Royal City on December 19. A truck driver picked her up and traveled with her 2,400 miles to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He dropped her off at an animal clinic where vet technician scanned her for a microchip and discovered she was lost. Continue reading
usan Peters with Savannah, her service dog, Monday, Dec. 29, 2014, at their home in Okemos, Mich. Savannah had been missing since Friday afternoon after apparently being frightened and running off when Peters’ wheelchair tipped over in a crosswalk in Meridian Township
To Susan Peters, the sounds outside her door were pure music. Her service dog, Savannah, had come home.
“She burst into the room, wagging her tail and crying for joy,” Peters said.
Savannah had been missing since Friday afternoon and turned up at home at about 10:45 p.m. Sunday. The entire community had been alerted. Search groups were formed, the media and police were marshaled and fliers were printed. But in the end, Peters said, Savannah simply found her own way back, often dodging the very people trying to help her.
The red and brown Australian shepherd was checked Monday afternoon and Peters said Savannah will be fine.
“The vet said she’s going to be OK,” Peters said. “All four paws are bloody and she’s limping around, but she’s eating well and is acting like her normal self.” Continue reading