Steps To Take If Your Greyhound Gets Lost or Loose
Racing Dog Retirement Project would first like to stress the importance of always having identification tags on your greyhound and up to date microchip information. You never know when he may slip out your door or get loose, and it is far better to be safe than sorry!
Losing a greyhound is a frightening situation. Greyhounds are sighthounds and can see prey up to a half-mile away. But they know nothing about traffic, nor will they find their way home (if they don’t get hit by a car). You should exercise extreme caution to prevent the dog from getting loose, but if it does happen, call your RDRP representative immediately. Geri Harrison @ 941-685-4509, Elaine Leitten @ 941-592-9160 or the Fast line at 941-379-3278. Call friends and form a group to assist in the search.
If you can still see your dog once he escapes, quickly try getting his attention and then run the other way in hopes that his chase instinct will kick in. Make noises or act like you found something he would like so he will run after you.
Please follow these important steps to help get your greyhound back safely
- Call RDRP
- Notify local police stations, Animal Shelters, and local animal control officers
- Place a Greyhound Amber Alert (pre-join this group now!) Give a friend your info & a photo so they can create and share while you are looking for your greyhound! https://www.facebook.com/groups/GreyhoundAmberAlert/
- Create a flyer and an ad at https://www.facebook.com/groups/LostFoundPets941/ Give a friend your info & a photo so they can create and share while you are looking for your greyhound!
- Use the created online flyer and print them out for neighbors, Vets and surrounding area.
- Contact local veterinarians
- Re-contact police, animal shelters
- Keep in contact with RDRP
- Contact Lori Marshall immediately to create your social media Amber Alert and Lost Found Pets online alerts if needed 727-359-9980
Tools for your lost dog recovery kit
Search teams need some basic supplies when going out on lost dog searches.
Short List of Essentials:
_ Large flashlight with batteries and a car charger
_ Cell phone or walkie-talkies, fully charged
_ Extra leash, collar, harness, and blankets
_ Sqauker or squeaker toys
_ bring flyers to hand out to people in the area who have not heard
_ when posting flyers, bring a staple gun and extra staples
For night time searches:
_ Proper weather gear for you and your hound
_ Reflective wear for humans and dogs. If you cannot locate reflectors or lights for a collar, carry glow sticks
_ Map of the town and highlighter
_ Can of wet dog food and smelly treats
_ Pens and paper
_ Small pocket mirror for spooky hounds with whom you can ’ t make eye contact
_ Clear tape (for business windows)
_ Change of socks and shoes!