Lost dog finds his way back to shelter
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Murray, UT (June 19, 2019) — An adopted dog named Ned returns to Utah Humane after 11 days
The Humane Society of Utah (Utah Humane) works to find homes for over 10,000 pets annually. Ned, a 3-year-old Chihuahua mix, was adopted on June 8, 2019, and escaped his new home located near 5900 South and Van Winkle Expressway the same day. After missing for 11 days, Ned was found by staff members running outside the Utah Humane building early Wednesday morning on July 19.
“I walked out the back door and saw a small brown dog running along the behavior yard fence,” said Megan Marzloff, Utah Humane behavior coordinator. “I opened the gate and he ran into the yard and jumped into another staff member’s lap. We took him inside, scanned him for a microchip, and were totally surprised to find out that it was Ned!”
Ned was transferred to Utah Humane from another overcrowded shelter in May. He was soon adopted but escaped that home and returned to Utah Humane. His second adopter was warned about his escape history. It is unknown how he went missing from his second home.
“We’re so glad that Ned is safe,” said Marzloff. “I guess he came back because he knew he was loved by all the staff. It’s nice to know our shelter is a safe place for pets, but we hope he gives his new family a chance because a home is the best place to be.”
Utah Humane behavior staff will instruct the adopter on more vigilant precautions when taking Ned home until he has time to adapt to his new surroundings.
Adoption counselors provide adopters with the following tips when taking new pets home. Take the pet home directly—don’t visit public areas such as dog parks, stores, friends or family. Let the new pet stay in a safe, quiet room of the house to decompress. We also strongly recommend direct supervision when introducing a new pet to other family members or pets, and when playing outside during the adjustment period.
Additional resources and tips about bringing a new pet home can be found at UtahHumane.org/adopt/how-adopt.