Finding Liam: Missing dog helps another family reunite with lost dog

Finding Liam: Missing dog helps another family reunite with lost dog
Along with a social media campaign, Liam's team has sent out postcards to help bring him home.

In Lake County, a missing dog has become a hero after he’s reunited an elderly deaf dog with that dog’s family all while he remains on the lam. Rescuers and Liam’s adopters have been looking for the lost dog for nearly a month and are far from giving up hope.

Liam blossomed in foster care and had just started to settle into his forever home.

Liam blossomed in foster care and had just started to settle into his forever home.

Liam was this close “ “ to his happily ever after. The shy, timid dog had started to blossom in rescue and had been adopted. Just two weeks after he moved into his forever home, he escaped out of the car in Grayslake. In the month since then, Perfect Pooches Adoption Agency and his family have been getting the word out on social media and elsewhere.

They thought they’d found him recently. Unfortunately, the found dog wasn’t Liam. It was a 16-year old deaf dog that had been missing and was been returned home. There have been sightings of dogs on the loose, but is it Liam?

"At this point it is hard to say because we have had so many for different dogs that look similar," says Colleen Collins. “I personally haven't seen him yet. The last reported sighting of a dog that I think was him was last Monday, but we had recent sighting by Gages Lake, too."

This dog was recently caught. No one had spotted her for over three weeks before she was spotted and captured.

This dog was recently caught. No one had spotted her for over three weeks before she was spotted and captured.

The group has sent out postcards and continues to follow up on leads as they come in. What they are not doing is giving up hope, even if they go weeks at a time without a sighting of Liam. They hope Liam’s ending will be like this dog…who was lost and had been spotted for over three weeks before she was spotted, caught and returned home.

Liam’s story started in January when he and eight other Chihuahuas came into Chicago Animal Care and Control. He had bite wounds on his body and came under the care of Collins, founder of Perfect Pooches Adoption Agency. After months of rehabilitation, he was adopted.

He slipped out of his new family’s car in Grayslake just two weeks after he was adopted. Collins says that Liam is shy, skittish, but not aggressive because he’s been abused, he’s fearful of strangers. If you spot Liam, please contact 630-664-8865 immediately to report any sightings, including a description of where the dog was and where he was headed.

It is very important that you do not try to catch him or call him as that may scare him and cause him to run in fear and into danger. Here are some tips for catching a shy or timid dog from a past post I wrote for another publication.

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