Hero rescue dog George ‘rescues’ his missing friend in Towneley Park
George, a two-year-old lurcher, has been recruited to help locate his anxious friend, Louis, who disappeared just days after being adopted by his beloved new family.
Louise, a Saluki cross, was spooked on a walk and managed to slip off her collar and harness.
He had been missing for over 24 hours when George was called to sniff out his friend.
Animal care assistant Emily took George to Towneley Park, where Louis was last seen, and walked him around the area.
They spent over two hours walking but, without a single sighting, they were just about to call it a day when George stopped and froze in place, staring at a specific area in the distance. Then, out of nowhere, Louis appeared. He calmly walked over to George and the two dogs greeted each other happily, tails wagging, happy to be together again.
Jeanette Ainscough, RSPCA Lancashire East branch manager, said: “Louis was always a nervous lad by nature, but while he was with us he and George formed a lovely friendship. They adored each other, while we were overjoyed when Louis found his new family, we were heartbroken for George as he was left behind.
“When Louis’ new owners contacted us to say he had escaped on a walk, we were very concerned. Despite extensive searches, the help of a local scouting group, and numerous sightings, Louis was simply too scared to allow anyone near him. RSPCA staff also came out to help with the search, but were unlucky.
“Emily managed to slip a slippery leash over Louis’ head and took him to his owners who were absolutely thrilled.
“George loved his day and was an absolute star, helping us catch Louis. He was the hero of the hour! I’m sure if George hadn’t been with us, we might still be looking for Louis today.
George was cared for after being abandoned in a wooded area. He was rehomed but unfortunately his new owners couldn’t handle him so they sent him away and the RSPCA were asked to take him for behavior work.
He arrived in RSPCA care in June and behaviorists have started working with him on his high prey drive and over-excited nature, which can sometimes lead to him jumping and talking.
Jeanette added: “George is such a lovely boy, but he gets overexcited at times and finds it hard to contain his enthusiasm! We believe he may have been used for hunting in the past, so we muzzle trained him and spent months patiently working with him to calm him down.
“It pays off because, even though he is still angry and loud, he has learned to listen when asked to calm down. He really is just one big bouncing pup at heart and we know he will be the most wonderful companion and pet for the right owner.
George has been available for relocation since September but has shown no interest, but staff are hoping his recent heroism will spark a wave of interest in him.
George is a livewire who needs an owner with experience with energetic dogs. He would benefit from ongoing training and ongoing socialization. Although he loves other dogs, some may find him a bit overwhelming, so he will need to learn to be more calm when meeting new dogs.
He must wear a muzzle when off leash as he has a strong hunting instinct, but he walks well on a leash and likes to get out and about. He would like an active home and could live with other dogs, pending a successful introduction.
He may need time to settle into his new home and routine before new owners can start teaching him to be home alone.
Find out more about George on Find A Pet or contact the team at Altham Animal Center on [email protected] or 01254 231118.
Many animals are patiently waiting to be reunited with their new families at our RSPCA rescue centres. It will cost £4,117 to run an animal center for a day this winter. The charity is therefore asking animal lovers to join the rescue this winter to ensure the animals get the care they need. You can choose to donate to the RSPCA Lancashire East or your local branch, here too.