We’re into the third week of the lost greyhound Love, and I am overwhelmed by the outpouring of support. The Maine Greyhound Placement Service volunteers who have spent countless hours, days, weeks, and time away from their own families to rally together and support Love has renewed my faith in the goodness of people.
Dog people are truly great people.
A variety of methods have been employed in the search for Love. Volunteers on foot, volunteers with dogs in tow, recordings of greyhounds “roo”ing have all been employed to no avail. Crate “traps” were set. Nothing seemed to be working.
Trail cameras around Lincoln started catching images of Love looking mighty thin and hungry. With temps dropping, it was important that she eat something.
That’s when, on the advice of the “greyhound guru”, feeding stations were set up. “Trap crates” were set up near the feeding stations. Providing her with yummy meals would increase her trust, a very important asset to enticing her in the live trap. Just this past week, she entered one of the crates which released prematurely, scaring her away. However, she’s been coming back to it.
At this point, Love is found. It’s just a matter of time before she is captured.
Now I know many of you are concerned about the weather. We are too. That’s why the rescue is down to the owners, MGPS representatives, and advisors. No additional help is needed at this time, but prayers and good wishes are welcomed.
What doesn’t help:
- Critical comments about collars, leashes, and harnesses. Every dog owner has had their dog slip collar or harness at some time (I have a friend whose greyhound can slip his harness). Criticism of the owners does not help anyone.
- Critical comments about how the rescue is being conducted. This isn’t something that is just thrown together. It’s an orchestrated dance to do the right thing in the right way to bring her in safely. There are lots of factors at play.
With only about 13 days until Christmas, be thinking about the animals out there looking for their forever home. They might be lost (or found), at the local shelter, or at a rescue. When you plan your holiday giving, consider making a donation to your local pet charity.
One of my favorite charities is the Furry Friends Food Bank, housed out of the Eastern Area Agency on Aging. This organization provides pet food and supplies to needy seniors and people with disabilities. Seniors will often give up some of their own food to keep their beloved companion fed. That should NEVER have to happen. Find out more by contacting EAAA’s nutrition director Rob Crone at 1-800-432-7812 or by visiting www.eaaa.org.