Dear Abby: A man I work with found a dog on his way to the office. He picked it up, took it home and was immediately talking about what a good playmate the dog would make. He said he tried to call the local animal shelter, but was put on hold twice, so he gave up. I felt he should have made more of an attempt to find the owner before claiming it as his own.
I immediately posted a free “found dog” ad online and, three weeks later, received a message. It turned out the dog belonged to a 72-year-old woman who lives alone. She discovered her back door open one day and her dog missing. I put my co-worker in touch with the lady and said I’d leave it to him to do what he felt was best. After confirming the dog was indeed hers, he reluctantly returned it to her. He is now telling everyone he’s very sad at his loss and that it was “almost as hard as having a dog put to sleep.” He’s receiving major sympathy from some of our co-workers, who seem to be upset with me for posting the found-dog ad. Am I wrong to think this small effort should have been expected in this situation, and what I did was the right thing?