is a two-pronged approach for responding to instances of greyhounds becoming
lost or missing in the general geographic region of the National Capital
Region, ensuring their safe retrieval and return to their homes.
In the Event of a Lost Greyhound – Find-A-Greyhound Search Team
The role of the "Find-A-Greyhound" Search Team is to respond to reports of
lost greyhounds, working in tandem with the family of the greyhound. This
will facilitate a concerted approach to finding, retrieving and returning
lost hounds to their families. The Find-A-Grey search team will ensure that
posters are generated and mounted in the area of the lost hound; contact
local veterinary clinics and animal rescue groups; and physically search for
any lost greyhound in Ottawa and its surrounding areas.
If your greyhound
is lost – call 613-216-8097 or 613-291-9025.
Be prepared to provide the following information:
What was the physical and
geographical location of the hound when it became lost?
Is this a location that
the hound knows, and is there a regular path that you follow with your hound
on walks that it might try to follow?
How long ago did it become
What is it wearing, i.e.
what collar is its collar, is it wearing a bandana or a coat?
Does it have a favourite
treat that it might respond to?
Do you have a regular call
or pet name that it usually responds to?
The more information that is available to “Find-A-Grey” when a hound has
become lost – the better prepared the Search Teams will be. Having this
information in advance of the hound being lost ensures that the information
is available as quickly as possible – without having to obtain the
information from the family that is frantically trying to find their lost
hound. This is also extremely important in the event of a hound that becomes
lost while being hound-sat.
Adoptive parents who wish to participate are urged to first read the
Registration Information page, then to complete a
Registration form. The information provided will be kept as part of a
database, and be available as soon as a call is received of a missing or
lost greyhound. At that time, a designated Search Team member will access
the web site and print a "lost poster" flyer. These posters will be
strategically placed around the neighbourhood for the widest possible
If a greyhound is found before its loss has been reported, this information
will facilitate the return of the hound to its family.
For more information on finding lost greyhounds, you may want to see this
IMPORTANT - Register your
greyhound NOW, and ensure a longer life for the "62 kilometre per hour
No matter what measures a family has put in place to safeguard the health
and safety of their hound, there is always a risk that a greyhound might
become lost. There are some simple measures that can be implemented to help
ensure the safety of your greyhound (prevent its loss), and in the safe
return of a lost hound to its family.
Ensure that your greyhound
has a name tag with at least one telephone number. If you travel on a
regular basis, consider including either your cell phone number or the
number of an emergency contact.
Don’t hesitate to use the
telephone number of the Greyhound Supporters as an alternate number. It is
Use a tag collar in
conjunction with the regular martingale collar or harness. Greyhounds have
been known to slip both martingale collars and harnesses. If its tags are
attached to these, then the tags don’t remain on the hound. There are lots
of different types of tag collars available that remain on your hound at all
times. Tag collars are not meant to restrain the hound – their function is
to hold all relevant tags.
If you are hound-sitting –
attach a tag that is different from the hound’s other tags with your name
and telephone number on it. A large plastic key tag can be easily attached
to the tag collar of visiting hounds. More than one hound has become
separated from its “sitter” within the Ottawa area, and its safe return to
the sitter was complicated because phone calls were being made to the absent
family and not the sitter.
If you are leaving your
greyhound with a family member or friend during your absence, please provide
them with the contact information of a
greyhound-savy person or the Greyhound Supporters and instructions on what to do in the event that your
hound becomes lost during your absence.
Winter freeze and spring
thaw can cause fences to shift. Ensure that you inspect your yard on a
regular basis to ensure that gates are closed and that gaps in the fence are