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Call GPI’s toll free number – 877-468-7681 immediately so they can get
help to you and offer advice and moral support.
Grab a leash, squawker or rabbit squealer and another dog, if you have one, and
do a cursory check of the area. It's always good to teach your dog a recall
signal such as a call command of some kind, whistle, etc - do not use a squawker as your
recall signal unless the dog is actually loose. Once the squawker is used too often,
it will be ignored.
- Shake the leash and say,
"Let's go for a walk!" "Come get a treat!" (Make sure you
have some with you)
- If you can get your greyhounds attention and
he still wont come to you, you could try turning and walking away, or even running
the other way if he enjoys a chase. If he thinks you are leaving, or that you want to
play, this might work.
- If you're in your car, stop and open the door and
say, "Let's go for a ride!" Don't move towards a shy dog. Just open
the door and say, "Let's go!"
Grab your cell phone or return home and call Greyhound Pets, Inc at 1-877-468-7681.
Tell them that your dog is loose. Whoever answers the phone will call your local VP
who will call other volunteers to get some help to you. Your VP or the board officer
who answered the phone will put out a message about your dog to our local email lists.
Program our phone number into your phones. Carry our business cards and place
our phone number on your refrigerator.
See if you can enlist older children, neighbors, and family to help. Your VP or
board officer will try to get volunteers to your area to help you look for your dog.
If you walk your dog on a regular route on a frequent basis, please check that
route. Greyhounds are creatures of habit so hopefully, your greyhound will be
somewhere on that walking route.
dog poster - Place as many of these as you can around the last location your dog was
seen. Better yet, download the form, fill it out, attach a picture then make a
lot of copies BEFORE your dog gets loose so you're ready to go if your
dog ever gets out.
Talk to passersby and businesses in your area. Ask if you can post your Lost Dog
poster in their business or on their window.
Call local vets and emergency clinics to see if your dog has been brought in.
place an ad in the major daily newspaper for your area.
What You Don’t Know
About Lost Pets Can Hurt Them
By Kathy "Kat" Albrecht, Founder, Missing Pet Partnership, May 2012
GPI's Facebook Page
GPI's Twitter Page
www.petamberalert.com Pet Amber Alert [They'll send
out thousands of calls in the area about your lost dog]
[Craig's List - community/pets and community/lost&found]
www.pets911.com Pets 911
www.lostpetsos.org Lost Pet SOS
www.missingpet.net Missing Pet
www.petharbor.com Pet Harbor
www.fidofinder.com Fido Finder
www.twitter.com Set up your own
Lost Dog page as well as post to your own pages
www.missingpetpartnership.org Missing Pet Partnership
Helping Lost Pets
www.facebook.com/LostFoundPetsWaState Lost and Found Pets Washington State
- Help Find Nahla - Now that Nahla's been found, this site is used for all lost pets
Call all local
shelters (see list below).
Western Washington Shelter Organizations
Anacortes Animal Relief Fund aarfonline.org
Everett Animal Shelter
Humane Society of Seattle/King County www.seattlehumane.org
Humane Society for Tacoma/Pierce County www.thehumanesociety.org
Humane Society of Whatcom County www.whatcomhumane.org
Seattle Animal Control www.cityofseattle.net/rca/animal/default.htm
Seattle Purebred Dog Rescue www.spdrdogs.org
Whidbey Animals' Improvement Foundation www.waifanimals.org
Virtual Shelter www.jointanimalservices.org
Lewis County Animal Services -
Complete list of
Washington State animal shelters and rescue organizations via PetFinder.com Input
your zip code and PetFinder will show you a list of shelters near you.
Columbia Shelter Organizations
Delta Humane Society www.deltahumanesociety.org
Be aware of:
Make sure all doors are shut tight. Make sure children
understand this or better yet, double check the doors yourself. Your children's
playmates don't have a clue as to the importance of keeping a greyhound inside.
Consistently caution children about the importance of making sure all doors are tightly
Be aware of
repairmen who come into your home who also do not know the importance of closing doors
after themselves. In fact, they may even prop a door open to save themselves some
time and off goes your dog. Please make sure the repairman knows to shut the door,
if you can't be there. Better yet, crate your dog or put your dog in an xpen if a
repairman needs to come into your home while you're not there.
all gates with a padlock or combination lock. If your meterman needs to open your
gate, make sure the utility company knows that you have a sighthound on your property and
it's imperative that they close and secure the gate behind them. If possible, keep
your dog indoors on days that your meter needs to be read or talk to your utility company
about other ways to have your meter read. At least find out when they plan to come
around so you can make other arrangements for your dog if you can't be there to supervise.
Some meter readers will read a meter from the neighbor's yard with binoculars and
not need to enter your property.
Make sure that your dog is wearing a Greyhound Pets, Inc. tag with
his own unique number on it at all times. It also has our 800# on it which anyone
can call if they find your dog.
Make sure your
dog has your own unique personal ID tag on it at all times. This tag should have
your phone number on it so anyone who finds your dog can call you.
your dog's collar off at night. If he slips out the dog door and gets out of the
yard, he has no tags on. If the noise from his tags bothers you, please consider
buying a "tag bag" which will cover the tags and render them silent.
Please contact the webmaster with information about a shelter in
any Greyhound Pets, Inc. service area and we will add it to our list.
Credit goes to PAWS for some wonderful tips about what to do when you lose your pet as
well as our own volunteers for their valuable input on this important subject.