If you’ve been involved in rescue for any length of time at all, you’ve encountered the problem of finding lost dogs. Barbara and I have dealt with this problem a bunch of times, so far with 100% success (knock wood). We’ve developed a number of strategies and tactics that have served us very well, learning from rescue groups all over the country, especially from Darla Duffey, Jacksonville (FL) Sheltie Rescue, who’s literally written the book on it. (If I’d get off my duff, no pun intended, you’d be able to get a copy of the book from our web store, SheltieRescueMall.com.)
Well, in one of those blog-for-pay opportunities that I sometimes accept if it seems relevant to this blog’s purpose, I learned about a new service offered by a company called Find Toto. This company takes a very pro-active approach to recovering a lost dog or returning a found dog to his or her family. Instead of merely listing lost, stolen, or found dogs on their web site, this company actually telephones people in your neighborhood or town to tell them about the situation and request them to respond if they have seen the missing dog or if they know an owner who has lost a dog.
Of course, this service is performed for a fee. I don’t know about you, but if one of my dogs were missing, I’d be willing to pay a fee for serious help in recovering him or her. Now, not everybody will agree with Find Toto’s claim that the fee is “low cost”, but I don’t think it’s outlandish, either. They will telephone 250 people in a rural area for a fee of $65, and up to 5,000 people in a major city for $425. That last number might induce sticker shock, but you have to ask “How much is a member of my family worth to me?” Heck, we’ve spent a considerable fraction of that amount searching for lost petsourselves, by the time we count photocopying, gasoline, food for volunteers, supplies, etc.
Full disclosure: I have not tried this service, so I cannot speak to how effective it is. But the idea seems sound. It just might be another tool to keep ready for use when you need it. Check it out if you have a mind to do so.
On this day..
- Copper getting Ready for SRU – 2010