Community helps search for rescued dog that escaped from foster home

Courtesy: Adopt A Golden Nashville
Courtesy: Adopt A Golden Nashville

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WKRN) – Elvis the Dog is becoming almost as popular as the King of Rock and Roll.

The rescued Golden Retriever escaped from his foster family’s home in Murfreesboro in early December.

Elvis has been spotted multiple times, but he gets scared when someone gets close and runs away.

Courtesy: Adopt A Golden Nashville
Courtesy: Adopt A Golden Nashville

Elvis managed to slip through a small opening in the door of his foster family’s Villages of Garrison Cove home back in early December.

Leslie Morrison, president of Adopt A Golden Nashville, said she hated getting the phone call that Elvis had escaped.

“My heart literally sank into my stomach,” she said. “He is the most gentle, sweet, precious dog. He has this gift to be able to squeeze through small spaces.”

An all-out search party has been looking for the 4-year-old Golden Retriever ever since.

Elvis has been spotted several times.

“We’ve had him cornered a couple of times and he’s been able to escape through less than 12 inch spaces,” Morrison said. “He sees people coming at him and he’s thinks, ‘Oh my goodness, they’re trying to harm me so I have to run,’” she said.

Volunteers have canvassed the area with some 3,000 flyers. They told News 2 Elvis is known to travel up to 11 miles in a single day.

“It’s almost like he goes into panic mode and he’s panicking,” Morrison said.

There have been confirmed sightings with both video and photos in Walter Hill, Lacassas, Milton and even parts of southern Wilson County.

“He’s very afraid of people he doesn’t know, and he’s very afraid of the outside world because he’s never experienced it,” Morrison said.

Elvis was surrendered by his breeder and was being fostered by a family who expected to adopt at the end of January, according to Morrison.

“He came from a background where he didn’t have any human socialization on a regular basis,” she said.

Rescuers are hoping for his safe return.

Courtesy: Adopt A Golden Nashville
Courtesy: Adopt A Golden Nashville

“We need the public to help us create a miracle for Elvis, because he deserves a miracle,” Morrison said.

Elvis is wearing a green collar and has several ID tags attached. He is also microchipped.

Rescuers said there are a few things to do if you see him. First, take a photo, text or call the rescue agency and try to lure him with food into an enclosed area like a backyard, but don’t advance towards him that may scare him off.

Anyone who sees Elvis can call 615-420-4200 or 615-804-1892.

The rescue agency started in 1998 as Middle Tennessee Golden Retriever and changed its name to Adopt A Golden Nashville.

To date more than 3,000 Golden Retrievers have been rescued.