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Ground Search and Rescue KW

February 26, 2016 0

It’s not fun when it happens

If you’ve ever lost a pet, you know how hard it can be. When I first moved into the house I’m living in now, my dogs ran away several times. To come home and find your dog missing is a terrible feeling. You’re afraid, you’re anxious and your imagination starts to run wild. What if they got hit by a car? What if someone stole them? What if they never come home again?

Thankfully, there’s a local volunteer run organization that is helping pet owners to find their lost pets and they’re doing an incredible job at it.

Lost Jack Russell Terrier

image from westmifflinpolice.com

Who are they?

They’re called the Ground Search and Rescue KW and they were started by a small group of women. Since they began in January of 2015, the volunteer group have helped to save dozens of animals.

Each of the volunteers play a different role in the organization, but they all work together towards a common cause of helping animals. The best way to know which animals are missing is to connect with them on their Facebook page.

If you visit their website, you’ll see an incredible story of a dog named West that was lost for 107 days! Watch the video of West’s reunion with his owner, it’s impossible not to cry. It’s an absolutely heart-warming story and a testament to the hard-working and dedication of this group of volunteers. I’ve lost my dogs for a few hours and I was distraught, I can’t imagine what a mess I’d be if I found them after such a long time.

Lost Dog Poster

image from goodhousekeeping.com

How can I help?

The Ground Search and Rescue KW is a not-for-profit volunteer organization. As such, they need your help so that they can continue to do the amazing work that they do.

Here’s a few things you can donate that would help them:

  • Leashes
  • Collars of all sizes
  • Dog treats and squeaky toys
  • A large sized dog crate
  • Flashlights
  • Feet and hand warmers
  • Binoculars
  • Night vision goggles
  • Walkie talkies
  • Tim Hortons and gas gift cards
  • Chicken broth
  • Cans of tripe
  • Old blankets
  • Martingale collars

And as always feel free to contact them to see if there are other ways you can help.

It’s been a while since my dogs have decided to go on self-guided walking tours of the city (knock on wood), but it’s so nice to know that organizations like Ground Search and Rescue KW exist. They are a group of amazing people and I think I speak for all pet owners when I say how grateful I am for the work that they do.

Have you ever lost a pet? How did you find them and how long were they missing for? Share your stories in the comments below.

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Greg Lehman
Founder @ TuxedoMutt
Greg Lehman is a hippie in a business suit. He's also a positive based dog trainer and freelance writer. When he's not working, you'll find him somewhere in nature with his two dogs Casey and Dakota or taking a nap. Who doesn't love naps?

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