It happens! Dogs run away. Normally, pets run away from acute boredom or loneliness, to answer sexual urges if they have not been neutered, in response to sudden and unexpected events that frighten them, out of curiosity if doors, windows, or gates are left open, or if they are new to a home and are looking for their former surroundings.
How far they run is just a function of how far their legs will carry them. Big strong dogs, especially young ones, can run 5 miles or more. Small dogs may be able to go half a mile at most. Most dogs are recovered well within a two-mile circle of their home, especially because they normally will never run for an extended length in a straight line no matter how strong or fast they are.
You, in the meantime have walked, then driven your neighborhood. You have, hopefully, been to your local animal shelter and checked in with surrounding shelters. Of course you have had your furry friend microchipped and are now awaiting the call that someone has found them.
In many cases, someone will take in your pet. They will be driving by and have your dog jump in their car. They will be working in the neighborhood. They may live down the street. Often times your pet will hang out at a friendly yard with shade and water available. More often than not, the finder will not be equipped to house your pet. Their home is not set up. Their parents will not allow it. They don’t want to bring a strange dog into the yard with their dogs. But on occasion, good Samaritans will attempt to house your pet for a short time in the hopes you are actively seeking for your buddy.
Below is a list of places both the finder and the pet owner can utilize to assist that silly fur friend in getting back home.
Facebook has a lot of local and nearby lost and found pet pages. Keep in mind that dogs can and DO travel. It can be valuable to post on surrounding lost and found pet sites. Below is a list that we have put together for you.
1) Balch Springs-Seagoville Lost & Found Pets
2) Lost & Found Pets of North Texas
3) DFW Lost Pets
4) DFW Lost & Found Pets/North Texas
5) Seagoville Lost n Found Pets
6) Pleasant Grove/Dallas Lost and Found Pets
7) Lost & Found Pets of Mesquite, Garland, TX Areas
You can also post your animals on PawBoost and the Nextdoor App
*Just a word to the wise, most animal shelters will only take animals from residents of THEIR city. So think twice before picking up an animal in other cities. You risk moving the pet farther from its home. Always call the local Animal Control to handle stray pets if possible.