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Homesick German shepherd escapes from animal shelter to look for owner

There's a storybook ending to this pup's saga.


Austin Powell


Posted on Sep 29, 2016   Updated on May 25, 2021, 9:54 pm CDT

Never underestimate the loyalty of a German shepherd. 

The Apple Valley Animal Shelter in Southern California posted surveillance footage last Thursday of a dog named Ginger escaping from the facility to search for its former owner. The determined German shepherd somehow managed to open three doors.

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The escape didn’t last long. Ginger was thankfully was found several days later, roughly three miles from the shelter.

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But there is a storybook ending: Apple Valley Animal Shelter noted on Facebook that Ginger has been placed in a “furever” home and that she’ll have a companion to play with. 

Let’s hope the new owner has some better locks on the doors. 

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*First Published: Sep 29, 2016, 10:21 am CDT