When a local Greyhound named Ruby lost her way from home, a group of pet lovers came together and did everything they could to find her. In the process, they learned the art of animal tracking and became experts at bringing lost pets home. This was the birth of Team Ruby of Ruby The Lost Greyhound Rescue
"Many lose their pets and don't know what to do," says Robyn, one of the full time volunteers of Team Ruby. So with their experiences with professional trappers, trackers and rescues they decided to make their new found expertise a job.
The group traps lost and roaming dogs, and reunites them with their owners whenever possible, and fosters and finds new homes for dogs when necessary. Team Ruby began their efforts in November 2012 and have helped 100+ dogs. And in the short time we've been donating food to the rescue, the team was able to trap Bailey, a lost Hound mix, with the use of our fresh food
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Bailey shortly after being rescued.[/caption]
Here are some tips if your pet goes missing from Team Ruby:
When a dog goes missing, sightings are the most important way to begin tracking them down. If there isn't a sighting, the team will begin making flyers. A helpful tip Robyn shared is that these flyers need to be in the line of sight of a driving car. So make them big, bright and legible.
Keep a journal of sightings and map out their path. This can help get you a better idea of where they're residing. Make sure to ask the people who give you leads specific questions. Cues on what color collar or harness they were wearing or unique spots or characteristics can help indicate if it's actually your pet.
Once your dog has been spotted, let the rescue or team of friends you're working with know and get on site. If you see your pet, do not call out or run to them. This can actually scare them regardless of your close relationship. "You'd be surprised at the number of dogs that will turn away from their owner once they've been lost," Robyn says. Team Ruby recommends to get on site and make a feeding station with food they won't be able to resist
and to leave out a trap that can safely confine them.
If the team doesn't spot the dog or cat when they arrive, Team Ruby will usually then leave a camera to watch the feeding area and see if the pet makes his or her way over on their own.
Here's some great photos of Team Ruby hard at work searching for a Dachshund named Ollie. Through their knowledge of tracking and following leads, they were able to lure him to their feeding area and trap him safely, all while capturing it on camera.
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Cameras monitor the area for Ollie.[/caption]
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Team Ruby sets up their trap.[/caption]
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Ollie finds his way to the site.[/caption]
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Safely Ollie is trapped.[/caption]
Robyn and her team encourage you to have hope if you lose your pet. They've been able to find dogs from the same day to 3 - 4 weeks after. Being diligent and following up on sightings is the most important part, as is giving your community ways to contact you and recognize your pet.
To learn more about Team Ruby and the amazing work they do visit RubyTheLostGreyhound.org