German Shepherd Escapes Shelter and Goes Looking for Her Former Human

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Ginger is a two-year-old German shepherd that was at the Apple Valley Animal Shelter in California, after being surrendered by her human.  He became homeless and didn’t want Ginger to suffer because of it.  This was something she just found unacceptable, as she escaped and went to try to find her human.

“Her previous owner didn’t want her to live out of a vehicle.  It was a very difficult thing for him,” said Gina Whiteside, who with the Apple Valley Animal Shelter.

Ginger didn’t want to surrender, and most certainly wasn’t going to just hang around the shelter waiting for someone to adopt her.  She did what anyone would have.  She broke out of the shelter and went looking for her human.  She jumped over a six-foot gate at the front of her kennel, snuck past not one, but THREE closed doors and around shelter staff to get out.

While making her escape, she accidentally set off the motion detectors in the shelter.  This prompted animal control to be called in to investigate, and when the officers arrived, the place looked as if someone was rifling through things inside, but Ginger was nowhere to be found.

“When the animal control officer came, he noticed that the front counter phones were all over the floor and papers as well,” said Whiteside.  “It looked like someone trashed the front area.”

Ginger was recovered three days later, completely unharmed and seeming no worse for the wear.  She was found just a short distance from her former home, so that’s why it’s assumed she was looking for her family.  Since the incident hit the news, there’s been a lot of interest from people looking to adopt her, and the shelter has put her in a more secure space.




32 thoughts on “German Shepherd Escapes Shelter and Goes Looking for Her Former Human”

  1. Please let us know if the owner is located and if he gets help so he can keep his precious pet Ginger.

  2. you need to find her owner and make sure they stay together, if that means someone sponsers vets services and food, they really need each other.

  3. I have never owned a GSD but many mutts. I have loved each and every one. The only exception was Nugget a Dalmatian/Basset Hound mix. He was more like another son to us and our son treated him more like a brother. In Oct. 2013 we lost him to cancer. It has just about killed my wife and I. It was only in Sept 2014 when we found Foxey, an abused Sheltie/Besenji mix that our healing began. I said all that to show that not all stories are apparent from the small amount of information given in these comments. You still do not know everything about me and my family, so people should not judge others. I understand Ginger and what her true owner are going through. They need each other more than Ginger needs a new owner. If I could help her owner I would, but, not being able to work and hold a job, my finances are tight. I will be praying for them though.

  4. Instead of someone to adopt Ginger, how about someone to help Ginger’s owner get in a position so that he & Ginger can be reunited. I think that is what Ginger would prefer.

  5. Anyone curious about the status of this sweet German Shepherd. check the Apple Valley Animal Shelter Facebook page. They have current photos of her, and there is quite a bit of interest from people wanting to adopt her. I know the overwhelming wish is to reunite her with her former owner who is living out of his car, but imagine if this loyal, loving dog had a medical emergency? Also, there could be other underlying reasons he is living out of his car, and for being homeless. Now, this dog will hopefully have a chance for a new life with a stable family that will be able to provide a loving home for her and take proper care of her. Perhaps that man really did a selfless thing by giving her that gift, even though it must have been super painful.


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