Thanks to ECPR’s amazing staff and friends and Seattle’s amazing community support, Lacey the lost dog is safe!
Last weekend, ECPR Lacey, a timid dog who is a “flight risk” got loose. She not only bolted out of a door, but she managed to slip under a fence before she could be grabbed. (Houdini dog!)
We were all very worried about Lacey. The weather here in Seattle has been very hot and she was loose without food or water. Since she is very timid, we knew it was unlikely that she would allow someone to approach her in order to bring her to safety.
Our wonderful ECPR employees and volunteers immediately rallied together to come up with a plan on how to help retrieve Lacey safely. We spread the word all around West Seattle by putting up numerous flyers, we stopped into local businesses, and we endlessly canvased neighborhoods. We put together maps that tracked any tips we received on where people were spotting Lacey so we could try and figure out her movements in order to anticipate where she might travel next. We searched from the wee hours of the morning until past nightfall every day since she got loose on Saturday.
This morning, Three Retrievers Lost Pet Rescue helped us with their scent-tracking dogs. Once we had Lacey’s trail, our employees and volunteers fanned out in front of the trail hoping to spot her. They brought Lacey’s daughter, Leda, with them hoping that Leda would help make Lacey comfortable enough to approach. Lacey’s favorite ECPR kennel attendants were also on the forefront.
Soon, Lacey was spotted! She was actually headed back to where she got loose from, having made a very wide circle around a large area! We knew not to try and pursue her or call out to her. If she got startled, she would surely run again! The kennel staff along with Leda sat quietly on the ground. They “ignored” Lacey and softly spoke to Leda while giving her enticing treats. Slowly, Lacey crept toward Leda and bumped noses with her. Then, recognizing one of her favorite kennel attendants, she cautiously approached and gave her kisses on her arm. A treat was offered and the slip lead was quickly put in place. LACEY WAS SAFE!
A frightened dog loose in the city is a very scary thing. Lacey is Microchipped, but being so timid, she wasn’t going to approach a stranger or allow herself to be casually captured. Safely retrieving Lacey required a colossal amount of teamwork, dedication, and patience. We would like to publicly thank everyone who made this daring rescue possible. Three Retrievers Lost Pet Rescue was an invaluable asset, their amazing service allowed us to know firmly where Lacey had been so we could anticipate where she might be heading or hiding. Our staff and volunteers who spent day and night putting up flyers and canvassing neighborhoods reminded us all of why we do what we do; it’s all for the animals! Our amazing team members who kept on top of all of the sightings and tips we received in order to map them out and get them to our searchers as quickly as possible helped position us in the right places at the right times. The early morning search team of kennel attendants who were able to remain calm and patient despite the worry they felt for Lacey made all the difference in making her feel safe enough to approach them so they could bring her back to safety. Incredible!
ECPR friends and family, we want to take a moment to remind you of how important it is to be cognoscente of your pet’s safety. A collar and tags are a great way to make sure your pet is identified, but collars get caught on things or pets slip out of them. Please also microchip your pet! (Have your vet check for their microchip during their annual visits because chips can sometimes migrate!) Even with all of those precautions, sometimes pets like Lacey get loose and they cannot be identified if they cannot be caught. Even if you have a fully fenced yard, make sure there are no small holes and make sure your pet cannot slip underneath the fence. As Lacey demonstrated, sometimes pets can be little magicians! This was a scary situation for us and especially for poor Lacey, but we are all so relieved and happy that, with great ECPR teamwork and a wonderful Seattle community to help, The Saga of Lacey has a happy ending!