馃挒 Welcome home Sassy 馃挒
Sassy, a 7 month old lurcher, was in a road traffic accident with her owner while travelling through Oldham centre on Saturday 7th October. She escaped the vehicle and bolted.
We were contacted by Sassy鈥檚 owner on Sunday afternoon and asked to help. Owners didn鈥檛 live in or near Oldham and lived a good hours drive away. There had been a few sightings which proved she was still nearby to where she first ran.
We went through our advice and printed 100 posters and laminated them. This would allow for the immediate area to be postered and more posters were to be printed. We advised that owners sit in their car where she had been last seen and run the engine as dogs know their owners car engine sounds. Sassy did not appear though. We planned to go to thermal scope while the owners were staying in a hotel in Oldham and if we spotted her we could get owners to the location to work with enticing Sassy to them.
Shortly after, someone saw Sassy and thankfully Sassy had had enough of her little adventure and allowed herself to be gotten hold of. Sassy finished her little adventure in the hotel with her owners and the following day went home.
She was seen by the vet once home and checked over as she had some small cuts and her pads on her paws were very sore with all the running she had done. She didn鈥檛 need any treatment besides owner to bathe her cuts and pads and slept the rest of the day away. 馃挒 Welcome home Sassy 馃挒.
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Our aim is to not only rescue lost dogs and reunite them with their families, but to strive to keep them safe while they are lost. This involves doing all we can to stop people searching for the lost dog (unless necessary), approaching, chasing (on foot or in a vehicle), calling their name, shouting and whistling. This is because a dog will react negatively to this and they will bolt. They may leave the area completely. They keep themselves safe while they are out there but if the above happens, they forget about staying safe and will run out onto roads in order to escape from those people doing this. This includes motorways, railways and rivers/canals. Many lost dogs have lost their lives because of this.

Our vision is to educate people to understand why a lost dog needs to be left alone so that the dog鈥檚 owner (they have the best chance of securing their own dog) or a trapping team like ourselves can work in a non-threatening manner to the dog to safely secure them. We advise and support owners to lure their dog if they don’t return home or to the place they went missing from. We also support owners with using specific body language techniques when trying to lure their dog to them (a lost dog will rarely respond positively to their owner until they are in a calm state of mind and close enough to recognise their scent). We are a trapping team, however, a trap is not always needed. By using our methods without having to trap, we can get your lost dog safely home. Sometimes a lost dog needs to be humanely trapped and if so, they are not put under any undue stress and safety for your dog is always paramount.

We do not condone drones being used for a lost dog, unless, for example, the dog is feared stuck on the moors or elsewhere. We also don鈥檛 condone tracking dogs searching for a lost dog, again, unless the dog is feared stuck. The reason for this is because if drones and tracking dogs are used, this is the same as searching and a lost dog will react negatively to these. Natural sightings work more effectively and the lost dog does not feel threatened.

A lost dog will be frightened and the last thing that the dog needs is for strangers approaching them or coming across their safe place (if this happens the dog will definitely bolt and move area), people shouting or whistling them, tracking dogs running to them (if they do track the dog down), and drones flying above them. There are also certain rules/laws that people who fly drones have to follow and a lot of the time the area is unsuitable for a drone. Another reason why we don鈥檛 condone drones is because with most drone groups, they publicise any sightings of the dog on the social platform for all to see and ask for ground searchers. A dog is a sentient being who will respond negatively to any attempt to seek them down and catch them.

We work in a non-threatening manner to the lost dog where we poster the area and ask people not to acknowledge the dog if they see him/her but to phone immediately with the location details. We place feed stations with live cameras and scent trails to lead the dog to the food. Once a dog has fed we place a humane trap down with tempting food and monitor it 24/7.

If your dog becomes lost, we highly advise that you immediately contact us or another team in your area who shares the same values. Be careful posting on social media. If you do, make it clear that you only want sightings of your dog and that you don鈥檛 want people to search or approach your dog. If your dog approaches them that鈥檚 great. But this is very rare. Don鈥檛 publicise the exact location where your dog went missing from. Also don鈥檛 put your dog鈥檚 name on the post. People will shout your dog鈥檚 name if they see him/her and this has a negative effect on the lost dog.

We are volunteers and do not charge. We rely solely on donations to buy specialist equipment, maintain it and buy food needed for feed stations and traps.
馃挋 WELCOME HOME JAMIE 馃挋
Jamie, a very nervous Bulgarian rescue dog, had only been in the country and adopted for one month when he became lost in Hopwood Woods, Middleton, Rochdale, M24 on Friday 20 October. His owner contacted us late that night and asked us to help.

On Saturday, we printed posters and lent owner laminators so posters could go up immediately. There had been a few sightings immediately after he became lost but the sightings stopped until later on Saturday. We thermalled the area and set up a feed station with a live camera and a scent trail leading to the food, hoping to get Jamie eating there. Once a lost dog finds food they always come back looking for more so the plan was to place a humane trap there if he turned up.

Jamie didn鈥檛 show on Saturday but on Sunday he found the food and had a good feed. He turned up a few times after that but then we had reports of him running on the nearby main road. Thankfully, shortly after that he showed himself back at the feed station.

Jamie鈥檚 owner sat in the car with the engine running and saw Jamie a few times but he didn鈥檛 go near the car. She sat outside the car with warm food but, although she saw Jamie, he didn鈥檛 approach. This is normal for a lost dog and especially nervous rescue dogs.

Today, we set up the humane trap where Jamie had fed. And at 17:12 he turned up, circled the trap a few times and entered it. We had lots of very appetising food in there including roast chicken and Jamie just couldn鈥檛 resist it. At 17:15 the trap door shut and Jamie was safe 馃挋. His owner and ourselves were parked nearby and his owner went to the trap where Jamie instantly recognised her and was very happy to see her. It was a lovely happy reunion 馃槏. Welcome home beautiful boy 馃挋.

If you would like to donate to help us to get lost dogs safely home please see the details below:

Bank transfer:
Account name: Greater Manchester Lost Dog (GMLD) Search & Rescue Capture Team

Acc no: 22683569
Sort code: 80-22-60

PayPal: [email protected] (please choose 鈥榝riends or family鈥 option otherwise we get charged.

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