This is gonna be long but eh...I need advice.
So earlier today, a dog started following me home. She found me around a block from my house, and just latched on to me like whoa. I tried to shoo her away, told her to go home, etc. but she kept following all the way to my front yard.
I did shoo her away more forcefully when we got there, but then she started bothering other people in the neighborhood. It was also gonna be rush hour for the local elementary school, and I didn't want her to get run over by some parent picking up their kid, so I put her in my enclosed side area and checked if she had ID. No luck. I gave her some water, snapped a picture, and went door to door to all my neighbors within a one block radius to see if they owned the doggy. No luck here either, no one owned her or recognized to whom she belonged to. I printed out some fliers with said picture and posted some around, and I also posted up found dog ads on craigslist and other sites.
Here's a pic of the pooch:
She seems to be a german shepherd/golden retriever mix of some sort. Correct me if I'm wrong, so I can fix the ads I have up.
She is entirely too well-mannered and healthy-looking to be a stray, but she might have fleas, since I saw her scratching. She knows basic commands like sit, stay, lie down, etc., she is well-behaved towards humans, and is pretty chill even when the neighbor's dog barks at her aggressively through the fence. She doesn't like being on a leash though, and will pull like hell, so I didn't try to walk her outside--just around my backyard.
I did feed her about half a can of dog food mixed with some leftover chicken and rice for dinner. Dunno if that's enough for a dog her size (~50lbs) but eh. Now she's sleeping right outside my back door on a bunch of rags I piled up for her.
So...what do I do with her? I'll have the vet scan her microchip tomorrow, but I'm betting she won't have one. I'm hoping the owner will contact me soon, otherwise I will have to bring her to the pound in a couple of days. I'd rather NOT do that. What are my other options? Rescue org? Try to re-home her with someone else? Or do I just let her go to the pound even if I'll feel horrible about it? She cannot stay with me though, which is a shame.