One of our greatest fears as Greyhound owners is having our Greyhound get lost. For this reason, Southeastern Greyhound Adoption (SEGA) has volunteers who serve as lost hound coordinators to help organize the search for any missing Greyhound in the metro Atlanta area. SEGA volunteers are well known for their commitment to organize and put "boots on the ground" to help locate and safely return a missing Greyhound.
In many cases, the Greyhound is located quickly with the help of reported sightings, the distribution of flyers, and volunteer search parties. In some cases, a Greyhound may remain missing for an extended period of time. In these circumstances, other methods may be employed to help locate and return the Greyhound to its home. These methods often involve financial cost that may exceed the budget of the owner. Examples are paid ads, professional trackers, phone call services, or equipment such as outdoor cameras.
On June 27, 2012, Daisy, a SEGA Greyhound, escaped from her home in Watkinsville, Georgia. In true SEGA fashion, volunteers immediately sprang into action to help locate Daisy and return her safely home. SEGA even created a blog to keep everyone posted on the progress in finding Daisy. Shortly after Daisy went missing temperatures soared to record highs, with four days in a row over 100 degrees. A new record high for the area (106 degrees) was set during this time. Volunteers continued to search despite the heat. We also received reports Daisy had been struck by a car the day she escaped, but had run away immediately after the incident.
Volunteers drove to South Carolina to borrow a live trap in hopes of using the sightings to establish a feeding station and eventually capture her so she could be treated and returned home. Several sightings confirmed Daisy was still in the area and was still on the move. In early July, bands of thunderstorms rolled in and there were daily storms with torrential rain, thunder, and lightning. Searches continued to faithfully search for Daisy. Daisy was found lying in the woods by her owners on July 19 after a reported sighting earlier in the day. She was thin (22 pounds lighter) and weak, but alive after 22 days of running loose.
In appreciation for SEGA volunteer efforts, Daisy's owners, Chris and Lauren Whalen, established a lost hound fund in Daisy's honor. They started the fund with a generous donation to allow SEGA to purchase some additional equipment to help locate Daisy and for use in helping find other lost Greyhounds in the future.
Donations made to the "For the Love of Daisy" Lost Hound Fund will be designated for expenses to help locate lost Greyhounds when extended timeframes call for measures above and beyond the normal costs such as flyers and signs. Any funds remaining from the search for Daisy will be held until needed for another lost hound.We are so glad Daisy was reunited with her family. Although we hope to never have the need to search for a lost hound again, it is very likely we will. If you would like to help by making a contribution to the Lost Hound Fund, you can do so by PayPal or by check.
Click on the PayPal button below to make a donation to the Lost Hound Fund via PayPal.
If you prefer to pay via U.S. Mail, make your check payable to SEGA (and please designate the "Lost Hound Fund" in the memo section) and mail it to:
610 Welford Road
Suwanee, GA 30024