Lost dog found 17 days after going missing

KING Dog

After 17 days of running and hiding in the wooded areas of Collins Bay and Amherstview, the Kingston Humane Society says, Twin the Retriever is safely back with KHS. At approximately 3:00 a.m. on November 30th, KHS explained that he entered a camera-monitored live trap near the Edith Rankin Memorial Church and was then taken to the home of his KHS foster volunteer before being transported to the shelter this morning for an examination and any required treatment.

Since his escape on November 13th, KHS staff, volunteers and hundreds of concerned members of the public have anxiously awaited his safe return; at times uncertain if that would ever happen.

"We were getting regular updates from the team overseeing the attempts to recapture Twin," said Gord Hunter, Executive Director of the Kingston Humane Society, "but when we would see social media posts by members of the public indicating he might have been bleeding or hit by a car, our concerns were obviously intensified."

KHS says the safe return of Twin would not have been possible without the expert skills of Rhonda Guthrie-Taft and her team at Quinte West Lost Paws. For most of the 17 days, Guthrie-Taft and a large, committed group of volunteers were tracking Twin’s travels. In most lost dog situations, once the dog’s location has been triangulated, capture becomes a matter of time and patience. Not so with Twin, said Guthrie-Taft. "He would show up and then he would disappear; show up, then disappear again," she recalled. "In my experience, once you locate a lost dog, you can pretty much set your watch by the way they approach free food but Twin didn’t do that. It’s probably one of the most difficult cases my team has ever encountered."

The Kingston Humane Society would like to thank Ms. Guthrie-Taft and her patient, committed team of volunteers as well as the Edith Rankin Memorial United Church for allowing Quinte West Lost Paws to use their property to set a live trap and to use their building as a base of operations.

Twin, who is one of five adult dogs that came to the KHS as a result of a Provincial Animal Welfare investigation, will spend some time at the shelter before returning to care in his foster home. Assuming his health is sound and his socialization is progressing, he’ll be available for adoption in the near future.

The KHS encourages members of the public to show their appreciation to Quinte West Lost Paws with donations. They do not charge for their invaluable assistance and operate solely based on the generosity of the public. You can reach them at quintewestlostpaws@gmail.com

"I can’t thank Rhonda and her team enough, they are some of the most dedicated and educated volunteers we’ve ever worked with," said Hunter. "Without their help, I’m not convinced this story would have had such a happy ending. Instead, we’re all crying happy tears for Twin’s return."

With files by CFRA's Connor Ray