It is not uncommon for lost dogs to wander away from their homes. According to dog rescuer Suzette Hall, this is what sets them apart from abandoned dogs.
“The abandoned ones stay where their owners leave them,” Hall told The Dodo. “But those who are lost only wander.”
So when he received a call about a recently adopted dog named Koa who had run away from his new home, Hall knew he was in for a long drive.
Hall didn’t expect the lost pup to travel 45 miles through California before finding the right forever home.
Hall and his rescue partner posted Koa’s information on local social media pages, ensuring nearby towns were notified of his disappearance.
“And then we started having all these scenes,” Hall said. “I don’t know how he got to all these different cities, but he was going everywhere.”
According to Hall, Koa sightings have spread to several Southern California towns.
“She traveled from Yorba Linda to Fountain Valley, Huntington Beach, Westminster,” Hall wrote in a Facebook post. “All the police and all the cities knew about it.”
After two months of travel, Koa found himself in Westminster, about 45 miles from his adopted home.
Hall responded to the scene and found Koa hiding in the church. He set his trap and waited, but the koa didn’t take the bait.
“Nobody could catch him because he was so loose,” Hall said.
But after two months of trying to catch him, Hall was determined to save Koa once and for all. With the help of two Westminster animal control officers, Hall was able to secure Koa in a pen while officers caught up to him safely.
“It was just a miracle that we got it,” Hall said.
Hall immediately took Koa to the vet, then called her adoptive parents, who returned Koa to her.
The koa, who was incredibly skinny when Hall rescued her, received the veterinary care she needed and quickly recovered from her long journey. Then he met his eternal family.
“It took him forever to come out of his shell, but he’s just in love now,” Hall said.
Koa now has an amazing family and a loving home. When he’s not cuddling with his humans, Koa is playing in his backyard. And he no longer tried to wander.
“His new mom adores him,” Hall said. “He has the best life.”