Lost-Pet Reunions: A dog gets out while the family is trick-or-treating

An increased number of pets get lost each Halloween. Find out how to keep your pet safe here — read this Halloween reunion story from our partner, HomeAgain.

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Mia got out while the family was trick-or-treating — from Julie C. in Hayward, CA

We recently took our daughter out trick-or-treating and then went to a relative’s house. We were only gone for a few hours, but when we returned home, Mia was gone. She did not have her collar and ID tags on due to some skin irritation on her neck.

We canvassed the neighborhood that evening and put up posters the next day. We found out from going door to door that a block away from our house someone had seen her out in the middle of a busy intersection, absolutely terrified.


They said they saw her get into someone’s truck that had pulled over. We got a description of the truck and the street they turned onto and ran home to get our car to go look for her.

When we walked into our house, my husband was just getting a call from the animal shelter saying that Mia had been turned in. The shelter was actually closed and staffers were there cleaning cages when a man brought Mia in. They scanned her for a microchip and immediately called us.

Thank goodness for microchips. We are so grateful to have our dog home again. She will never be left without her collar or ID tags on again!

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