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Dog Was So Terrified Of Fireworks He Ran Away From Home

He couldn't stop kissing his family when he finally saw them again.

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Even before the Fourth of July weekend had officially arrived, people across the country had begun setting off fireworks as a preemptive celebration, scaring many dogs in the process — including a pit bull living in Los Angeles, who ended up running away because of it. 

Boy the pit bull was so scared after hearing fireworks go off in the distance during his family’s party that he somehow got out of their yard and ran away from the house in a panic. He decided to take shelter under someone’s car parked in a driveway. When the owner of the car noticed poor Boy huddled up underneath, absolutely terrified, he immediately called for help. 

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Hope for Paws

Hope for Paws, a rescue based in Los Angeles, got the call about Boy and immediately drove over to the man’s house to help. Rescuers quickly fenced in the area around the car just in case Boy tried to run away into the street. 

Boy was hiding under a car covered with a tarp, and as soon as Eldad Hagar, founder of Hope for Paws, lifted the tarp, Boy began to growl at him, as he had no idea that he was there to help. Even when he was offered food, Boy remained scared and unsure. 
 

lost dog hides under car
Hope for Paws

Boy continued to growl and back away from his rescuers, terrified that they might try to hurt him. Wanting to rescue Boy as quickly as possible, Hagar slowly inched his snare toward Boy …

lost dog hides under car
Hope for Paws

… and was able to gently slip it around his neck, ensuring that he was finally safe. 

lost dog hides under car
Hope for Paws

Hagar then began to pull Boy gently out of his hiding place, and while the dog was reluctant at first …

lost dog hides under car
Hope for Paws

… he soon began to see that everyone was there to help him, and began to happily follow them away from the car. 

lost dog hides under car
Hope for Paws

Boy let his rescuers pet and love on him once he was calm and out in the open, and as they pet him they scanned for a microchip — and were thrilled to learn that he had one, meaning he had a family that was likely looking for him. 

lost dog hides under car
Hope for Paws

Hagar later called the number listed on Boy’s microchip, and gave his family the wonderful news that he’d been found and was happy and healthy. They were overjoyed to hear that Boy was safe and couldn’t wait to finally be reunited with him.

His family explained that they’d had a party and Boy must have gotten scared and ran away, as he’d never left the house without his family before. They thanked Hagar over and over again, so grateful that Boy hadn’t been hurt and had instead been found by the right people.

lost dog hides under car
Hope for Paws

Hagar and Boy’s family arranged a place to meet up so they could come and take Boy home again. As soon as Boy went into the room where his family was … 

Hope for Paws

… he completely freaked out, so excited to see them again. He had clearly missed them so much, and happily licked and jumped on every single member of his family. 

Hope for Paws

After celebrating their reunion, Boy’s little sister announced to the room, “Come on Boy, let’s go home!” 

lost dog hides under car
Hope for Paws

If your dog gets scared from commotion and loud noises, always remember to keep him inside and safe during fireworks, to prevent him from running away and getting lost. 

Watch the full video of Boy’s rescue below: