Fos­ter the res­cue dog comes here from Tai­wan — and flees

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Res­cue dog Fos­ter came a long way from the streets of Tai­wan to safety here in April, but now he’s lost.

Fos­ter, a three-year-old Aus­tralian cat­tle dog mix, went miss­ing last Sun­day at 4 p.m. af­ter Gila Pyke, his new fos­ter vol­un­teer drove him to her place when a Kitch­ener fam­ily had to re­turn him be­cause he needed a qui­eter home.

When Pyke opened the car door to get him, Fos­ter bolted down the street and has been miss­ing ever since — although he has been spot­ted sev­eral times.

“We know where he is,” says Pyke. “He’s at the King’s For­est Golf Course on Green­hill. He is def­i­nitely nest­ing there.”

A core group of 16 peo­ple has been try­ing to lure him to them, some stay­ing up all night. Traps with en­tic­ing food have been set up, but so far they’ve caught only a pos­sum, says Sundee Him­burg, co-founder of Ham­mer City Paws Res­cue.

The group works with a res­cue out­fit in Tai­wan to bring in re­ha­bil­i­tated street dogs and adopt them out.

“He’s quite young and en­er­getic, but very shy, and skit­tish of peo­ple” says Him­burg of Fos­ter, who was sent to Canada in April.

The res­cuers had Fos­ter in sight dur­ing a re­cent night­time stake­out, but he ran off when he was spooked by a per­son run­ning across the road at him.

Him­burg and Pyke are ask­ing the pub­lic to keep an eye out for Fos­ter. But if you see him just call in the sight­ing.

“Please don’t chase him,” says Him­burg. Or call him, she adds.

“He’s rel­a­tively safe in the area he’s hid­ing out in and we want to avoid push­ing him into ar­eas with more mo­tor ve­hi­cle traf­fic.”

Pyke says any sight­ing called in would be very help­ful to track­ing Fos­ter’s move­ments. “We just need folks to be our eyes.”

Fos­ter is 40 pounds, medium height and build and has mot­tled black and white fur with solid black patches on his back, face and ears. He is wear­ing a bright yel­low col­lar and bright or­ange rope leash, still at­tached.

If you see Fos­ter, call Dream Team Search and Res­cue and Track­ing at 905-512-5891.

SUP­PLIED PHOTO

Run­away Fos­ter is a three-year-old Aus­tralian cat­tle dog mix.

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