LOST HOUND NETWORK
1. Complete and Submit the Lost Greyhound Form
Notify the Lost Hound Network by completing the Lost Hound Form.
This completed form will be distributed to a list of people who are associated with the Lost Hound Network
and may be able to help you find your hound.
2. Start the Lost Hound Network Phone Tree and Email Blast
Call Kari 612.310.0765 or Michael 651.755.0780 to start the phone tree and email blast.
Who Else to Call
GPA phone line: leave detailed message on the GPA Phone line 763.785.4000.
Vet clinics: in the area and your personal vet, especially if hound has a rabies tag from that clinic.
Animal emergency hospitals
Would you be willing to help search for a lost greyhound?
We maintain a list of email addresses for people who have agreed to stay connected to the Lost Hound Network and will help search if they can. The list is maintained by the lost hound network admins and when a lost greyhound notice is received an email chain with the relevant information goes out to everyone who is on the list. It allows searchers to stay connected with the search through email.
If you wish to have your email added to this notification list, complete this form.
6. Move Into Action
Spread the word, connect, reach out, remain positive and focused!
They are counting on you to bring them home. Walk and drive the neighborhood and surrounding community. Use the squawker or squeaky toy to get their attention and entice them. Yell something that will catch the hound's attention like car ride or treat. If you see the dog, walk or run in the opposite direction. Don’t run towards the dog, as they may think you are playing and run farther and faster.
Spreading the Word
Important information you should provide with every communication:
Location: City and street with nearby cross streets and the direction the hound was headed. Include any easy to identify neighborhood markers, businesses, etc.
Time: When was your hound last seen?
Description: Gender and color and any identifying characteristics (collar color, unique markings, etc.)
Identification on your dog: Personal ID tag, GPA tag, rabies tag, etc.
Personality: Is the hound friendly and outgoing, or shy and spooky?
Special word/phrase: Any special familiar word or phrase that will get the hound excited to come running
Contact information: Who is leading the search? Name, phone numbers and or e-mail address.
GPA Forum: Post on the Lost Hound Network page within the GPA MN Forum with all pertinent information. This will quickly alert members in the area and can assist in the search.
You’ll either need to be a subscriber (it’s free) to post information about a missing greyhound (Amber Alert) or you can post a request on the GPA Forum and ask a GreyTalk member to post for you. http://forum.greytalk.com/index.php/forum/24-greyhound-amber-alert/
Lost Dogs MN: Post on the Lost Dogs MN Facebook page. This alert people in MN who are outside our hound network who may be able to help assist in the search.
Post on social media sites, and tag GPA MN (using @gpa-in posts on Twitter and Facebook so our followers can help.
7. Set Up a Search Unit
1. Send out search units of two-to-three people in all directions. Greyhounds have a tendency to run in circles.
Even if they headed one direction, they may have doubled back in the opposite direction.
2. Each search unit should take an area about 1/2 mile square. Stay in your area.
The hound might not be there the first five times you go down the street, but very well may be there your next trip.
3. Each search unit should have a cell phone, a collar and lead, some dog treats and a flashlight if night is approaching.
If you can take a dog along too, especially a greyhound, it may help the scared hound feel more comfortable and draw them in.
4. Check alleys, outside restaurants, cafes, supermarkets and any place where the dog may be able to find food.
Check cemeteries and parks in the area. Both places can offer shelter and trash to search for food.
5. If you spot the hound and you sense he is spooked (even a friendly dog can get scared after being loose), walk away from him or lay down on the ground and call him gently. Sudden movements may send him running again. Offer ‘stinky’ food that may be very appealing to a hungry dog. Consider setting up a familiar kennel in the area where last seen.
6. If you don’t find the dog, make sure you leave food and water outside your home. Leave a familiar blanket or bed outside so he will know this is home should he find his way back. If he likes riding in the car, leave the car door open overnight: you may have a surprise waiting for you in the morning.
7. Keep your outside lights on and leave a garage door or gate open in case the hound returns to the area looking for home. Set your alarm and check outside every hour.
Help from other Greyhound groups: Ask other greyhound adoption programs to help spread the word and assist if possible.
Twin Cities area groups are Northern Lights Greyhound Adoption and Minnesota Greyhound Rescue.
Animal Humane Society: Free online board. You can post information, a photo and check the found section to see if your hound has been found.
PetFinder: You can post lost pets by state and check found pets.
Craigslist: Lost and Found postings.
Other online search tools: www.Findtoto.com, www.Fidofinder.com, www.Petrescue.com
Facebook and Twitter: Post notifications an updates to get the word out. Post on the GPA Facebook Page and Twitter Feed (using tag #gpamn)
Email Distribution Groups: City offices, area schools, Chamber of Commerce, community e-Lists, etc.
Newspapers: Consider posting information in your community newspaper.