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This page was updated on November 8, 2015


         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 greyhound’s attention and he still won’t 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.

       Lost 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.

        Immediately 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  

        Internet lost pet resources:            

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]
www.craigslist.com
[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.facebook.com & www.twitter.com  Set up your own Lost Dog page as well as post to your own pages
www.missingpetpartnership.org  Missing Pet Partnership
www.findtoto.com  Find Toto

www.helpinglostpets.com  Helping Lost Pets
www.facebook.com/LostFoundPetsWaState Lost and Found Pets Washington State
www.facebook.com/HelpFindNahla - 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 http://www.ci.everett.wa.us/default.aspx?ID=36

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

PAWS www.paws.org

Whidbey Animals' Improvement Foundation www.waifanimals.org

Virtual Shelter www.jointanimalservices.org

Lewis County Animal Services - http://lewiscountywa.gov/animal-shelter

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.

 

British 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 closed.

        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.

        Please lock 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:

        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.

        Don't take 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.

 

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