Lost dogs: The team reuniting pooches with their owners

From detecting the faint barking of pups stuck in quarries to finding spooked dogs who’ve bolted through fireworks, this team of dog rescuers rarely has a dull day. Missing Dogs Team Wales has helped hundreds of pets during the pandemic.
Jill, who works in a team of about nine volunteers, said it can be a 24/7 job.
“It’s that intense. There were more dogs last year than in seven, and already in January there are many stolen again.”
The team scans social media for posts about lost dogs, and contacts owners for details.
“The first thing we do is take the details and give advice about scenting, so putting unwashed laundry on the line for the dog to pick up that scent. Bedding, and especially pillow cases, is very effective.”
Nine times out of 10, Jill says, this approach works – even in coastal areas or up on mountains, the team finds dogs are able to find their way home from this simple action.
But if it doesn’t work, it’s time to check with the owner whether the dog has a microchip and ensure their contact information is up to date.
Then, it’s time for posters and social media – ideally all still within 24 hours of the dog going missing.
“We keep in touch with the owners throughout, and if it’s close to home for one of us we will join in the search, although that’s harder with Covid restrictions,”
Jill said.
They focus on areas where there have been sightings, and can set up cameras to see if the dog is still in that area.
“I go out with Swedish meatballs, no dog can resist that,” she added.


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Charles Ghose graduated the University Of Greenwich London with a BA in Communications and Media. His university life was very enriched by his very active participation in various University societies. Charles ran the gamut of campus student communities; he was involved with the Politics and Debate Societies, Students Union, and University Of Greenwich Choir, and chamber choir. Charles Ghose acts as an independent contractor working in the very lucrative Freelance Translator Field. He has been hired by various International Humanitarian NGO's, private corporations, and The Overseas Fellowship Mission. Charles has also lead workshops for employers on the theme of mindfulness training courses for the improvement of employee’s health and well-being. Charles is a strong believer that a happy work force adds to higher productivity and loyalty to a company by employees.

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