Sunday, February 23, 2014

January, 2014 Stats

How To Help Animals In Extreme Temps/Weather - From Dogs Deserve Better

More and more e-mails and phone calls are pouring in from Southern Missouri and across the entire State of MO asking for help for dogs left out in the cold. We can not get to all of them but I have some advise for anyone willing to try to help these dogs that we cannot get to. We do not sleep at night knowing that there are dogs out there, but we are working our butts off to get to as many as we can and coach people through helping the ones that we can't. Here are some suggestions that seem to be successful, in my experience

1. If you approach a property, rule number one, do not trespass. If there is a no trespassing sign on the property, do not enter the property, call the officials whether it is Animal Control, the Sheriff or the Police Dpt., whoever dispatches calls in your area. If there is no trespassing sign, stay on the driveway and the sidewalk or walk leading to an entry door, this is not trespassing. Never put anything on or in the mailbox unless it is mailed through the postal system, this is a federal offense.
2. When approaching a property, be concerned about the people living there as well, they may be in need and this is why their focus is not on the dog. There are many different situations out there, so if you approach a property wanting to "help", being sympathetic, asking the owners if everything is alright and do they need anything, offer to plow their driveway or shovel their walk, striking up a conversation and then asking about the dogs and if there is anything you can do to help them, you will get further than being irate, angry and making them feel the dogs life is more valuable than theirs is.
3. Have supplies on hand, have straw, tell them you have some left over straw from your own dog houses (even though you would never leave your dog out with a dog house) and could they use some for their dog. Have a small bag of food and a jug of water, if they say you can help the dog, be prepared to do so and do it then, don't scurry for supplies later.
4. If they say they don't care about the dog, can't afford the dog, ask you for help rehoming the dog, take the dog at that time. I don't care if you are on your way to work or have your "good car", take the dog. Get them to sign a piece of paper, anything, even a napkin stating I (name of owner) am relinquishing (name of dog), a (breed of dog) to (your name), on (date). (Signature of owner)
5. If you are not comfortable approaching owners of these dogs that desperately need help, call the authorities, animal control if in your area, the Sheriff Department, or the Police Dpt., whoever dispatches the calls in your area. Remember to state your name, do NOT call anonymously and ask for a follow up. Keep records of who you called, when and what the response was and follow up. Get others to call as well. The more reports, the faster they will respond and they will be sure to respond.
6. Always leave a contact number, they may contact you later and tell them to call you anytime they need anything at all.
7. Lastly, always get a picture if possible of the living conditions of the dog.

There are many more suggestions, but these are the basics that I follow when I approach a property.

Thank you all for speaking up for these dogs, don't give up, get creative, be caring, helpful, understanding, sympathetic, talk to them about the extreme weather, get them to open up, befriend them, do them a will be able to make a difference for the dog.

~Melody Whitworth

How To Make Weatherproof Signs

Signs are so very key to getting the word out about a lost or found pet. Often times, the person who lost the pet thinks, "surely the person who finds my pet will post a sign". Meanwhile, the person who finds the pet drives around looking for lost pet signs thinking, "surely the person who lost the pet has signs up". Please don't make an assumption. It's far better to post signs than to assume someone else will do it. Remember the old adage, more is better than less.

You can make waterproof signs rather easily. I have used this method many times, and it works great! 
Make your signs at home is easy! Using your computer, make your signs simple. 

Things to buy

Things to Think About
For LOST pet signs, include a good, clear picture of your pet. Make it large enough for someone to see clearly what the pet looks like. Include the words "LOST DOG" or "LOST CAT" at the top of the sign. If your pet has been missing a while, you may want to use wording such as "HAVE YOU SEEN ME". If your pet is skittish, include the words "DO NOT CHASE".

What to Put on Your Signs
Underneath the picture, list some details about the pet, such as color, gender, and name. If your dog is skittish or shy of people, it is suggested that you do NOT include the name. Imagine if you're afraid of people, and a stranger is calling out your name. It may cause your pet to run off further.

Be sure to list telephone number(s). More than 1 is always good because it increases your chance should someone call with information, and you yourself are not able to answer the phone. Be sure to double-check that you do not have any typos in the Contact info. That is crucial!

For FOUND pet signs, it is always best not to put too much information. Unfortunately we live in a society today where bad people steal pets to resell them for money. Therefore, if you have found a pet, simply put "FOUND LARGE DOG", or "FOUND CAT". List your telephone number. No additional information is required. Especially in the case of found pets, make the caller describe unique details of the pet. Again, bad people will do bad things.

Once Your Signs Have Been Made, Now What?
Once you have printed your signs out, let them dry for a couple of minutes (if using an ink-jet printer). Place each sign into the sheet protector, leaving the open end of the sheet protector to face the bottom. That way, when you hang the signs, rain and moisture doesn't ruin your sign. Put a piece of scotch tape at the bottom to secure the opening so your sign doesn't fall out.

Once you have filled your sheet protectors, and secured the bottoms, take your hole puncher and punch a hole in the top center of the sheet protector, and the bottom center of the sheet protector. These holes will be where you attach the zip tie when hanging your sign.

The colorful posterboard is useful for heavy traffic intersections. The color helps to attract attention to your signs. Folder the posterboard into fourths. Then cut into four squares. Each square will be larger than your 8.5 X 11 sign that you have made with the sheet protector.

You are now ready to hang signs!

Hanging Your Signs
Use the sheet protectors for neighborhoods and smaller streets. When you are hanging signs at busy intersections, use the packing tape to attach the sheet protector to the poster board.

To hang the sign, use the zip tie to attach it to the posts. I have found that most cities are very much against hanging signs because often, people use tape, which then peels off the paint from the sign. If you use zipties, you can combine multiple zip ties to make one large tie. Then, feed it thru each hole on your sign, and wrap the long zip tie you have created around the larger posts.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014


February, 2014
Just saw black Lab and possibly reddish brown Bloodhound (with collar, I think) running loose west of Troy, MO on hwy 47 in between Fairgrounds Road and Hwy H, safely crossed Hwy 47 heading south through field. Anybody missing these doggies?
March 1, 2014 3:53 pm
Pittbull red/white spotted dog, very thin, eating road kill on Kingshighway North before 70 at the White Castle. You all know I would normally stop, I have an emergent situation with work, and need to get to a clients home. Will check on my way back.
February 28, 2014
This dog is on north side on highway 6 just west of potter intersection before turn off for thousand hills.. Couldnt get close to take pic.
February 28, 2014

Two black dogs younger looks part pit running loose alfred wyoming
February 27, 2014

Legends subdivision and there's a little white dog with a blue harness running around by Excalibur and SLeepy Hollow. He looks to be a Westie?? He won't come close enough to me to see if he has a collar but he's not a dog I recognize from this area.
This is in Troy, MO. Any lost posts fitting this description? The dog has a blue harness on.
February 26, 2014 7:30 pm

Roaming dog 44xx block Miami ... Dog is friendly but won't let me get close .. No tags or collar.
February 26, 2014 7:13 pm

Crossposting: SIGHTING
brindle mix seen running (south st. louis)
Mixed breed, brindle coloring, seen running South on Vermont, one block South of Loughborough.
He had a collar on. Blue, I think.
Good luck.
February 25, 2014
Alaskan/Malmute Looking Dog Running (Affton)
I live in the affton area and a dog was running past my yard toward Gravois/Lakewood area, behind the old hostess bakery outlet, he is running and is lost. Salem Lutheran church heege area, hopes this helps anyone who is looking for him. Teri I am on Langley right off Gravois and Lakewood.

February 25, 2014

Does anyone recognize these dogs? I believe they have a 'owner' but roam around fenton. They are well fed but appear to be outside dogs.. I seen them at 10:30 pm running around saline rd (not a good road for loose dogs!) on a single digit snow-storm night. I would have taken them home with me except one of them was shy and i wouldn't just take one. I would love to talk to their owner if anyone knows where they live. The white one was smiling, not growling, very-very friendly. My friend sees them often playing around the area. Great Pyrenees's.

February 25, 2014

I have lived in Pine view acres for 5 years and have seen this dog once or twice before this past week. It is easy to recognize him because he's missing patches of hair. Now I'm seeing him everyday at all times just roaming the neighborhood. Dogs are not allowed to roam free so I'm wondering if I should seek medical attention for him. He appears to have a skin condition or disease, his back end and tail are hairless. He seems friendly, never bothers anyone or other animals. If this is your dog please call, text or respond to email. I want to make sure this guy has a loving home and is taken care of.

All black cat in field by 70 and cave springs by state shop/ vantage credit union unable to get it he/ she is really fat just putting it on here looks like house pet no collar though.
February 24, 2014 4:30 pm

Found Male Brindle Boxer (wright city)
Found a male un neutered boxer with a collar running around on South Stringtown in Wright City. Very scared. Limping this morning, tried to get him to come to me, but he ran away.
February 23, 2014 8:30 am

ST PETERS BLACK PITBULL. Intact male red collar running loose on Spencer Creek
February 23, 2014 11:11 am.
Just spotted in stone meadows off z in Wentzville.

Saw a pitti/pitti mix in Overland at Hood and Trescott. A white boy with brownish spots. He had a collar and tags but wouldn't be caught.
February 21 12:50 am
Black lab or perhaps terrier mix seen running around 600 block of Loughborough. Keep seeing it run up the alley between Alabama and Vermont. Has tags, but have not been able to catch it. Called citizens Bureau
February 18 at 7:00 pm
*********************************************************************************************I spotted a loose dog this a.m. in U City on Groby Road near the U City Middle School. He was running scared and didn't want me to approach. Big, fluffy black dog with a collar and tags (I'm sure about the collar, I think I saw tags). His tongue is sticking out and is bright red (does that mean anything?). I'm planning to call AC since he's clearly not a "stray" stray, but do we do something else first?
February 16 at 10:00 am

Spotted-a med size gold/reddish with a black back long haired pooch, walking in grass on northbound side of 270, north of 64/40 behind mercy hosp. Tail looked very full and waving. I could'nt stop and watched as pooch headed out of sight as a ravine went down beside hiway. Could'nt see as to condition, but coat did not look matted. Hope this helps someone.
February 16 at 11:00 am
Black border collie with white chest running in the wooded area near joann fabrics and mid rivers mall in St. Peters.  We were unable to catch.
February 15 at 4:17 pm
Just spotted at Spring and Wyoming in TGS, small black and large white dog running loose.
February 15 at 3:54 pm


This dog is wandering in Shaw on Castleman: Saw this guy at corner of 39th and Castleman. Headed west on Castleman. Pink or purple collar and some sort of coat at 5:20pm
Person reporting apparently did not attempt to catch him.
February 11 at 6:03pm

Running on Lindbergh between Olive and Ladue. 
February 9 at 7:12pm 

There's a dog that's been hanging around Fairfax Drive in Wilson Hills Subdivision, Columbia. Looks to be about 70 lbs., maybe a collie mix, white on face, wearing a brown leather collar. I saw it late this morning then again about 6 pm so it's been out in the cold for awhile. I tried enticing it with food but it's very skittish and wouldn't let me get close. I ran to my house to get my phone to take a picture and it must have taken off because I can't find it. Please share so we can get this baby home & out of the cold.
February 9 at 6:23pm

Was driving its difficult to see but there's and skinny & boney orange fluffy cat it is hanging out behind fielder lane and 141 on cool Valley Drive.
February 9 at 9:41am

This female dog hanging out in the Tower Grove South neighborhood, near/on Tholozan and Bent/Holt. She appears to have nursed or is nursing pups. Has a collar - or, at least something around her neck. My neighbor says she's just staying in that location. City AC is closed.
February 8 at 6:02pm

Not sure where to post but just saw three dogs running up and down Highway 79 in Clarksville. No collars but look well fed.
February 8 at 1:42pm 
Pit mix? spotted in Overland

This guy showed up last night on a friend's back porch. The dog would not let anyone near him but she gave him a blanket and some hot dogs. He was not there this morning. Has collar but no tags.
February 8 at 12:19pm

I spotted an all black cat in Overland MO. He ignored me completely it's possible he's one of the area ferrets but thought I'd share. He went to hide under my neighbors camper by my garage, I dumped a pile of kibble up in the area. Wasn't fat or skinny. A normal lean.
February 7 at 9:06pm
Dog spotted at 40 and Mason on the trail at Principia. Young male looked like a blue tick heeler/coonhound. Not neutered. He had no collar but did have a tourqoise slip leash on. Very friendly and was playing with my dog but I couldn't grab the leash before he ran ahead of us.
February 7, 2014 5:39 pm
Did anybody lose a black lab in wildwood? My sister and I were just driving on Manchester and I saw a black lab sitting on the hill behind the kinder care in front of lake chesterfield. By the time we turned around it was gone.
February 5, 2014 at 6:01 pm
Anyone missing a Golden Retreiver? One is running in Granite. Someone just called and they are calling the Police Department. They can't take the dog with them because they have aggressive dogs at home. So if you are missing one, please call the Granite City Police Department.
February 4, 2014 at 8:54 pm
'Hey. I don't know what I should do or who to call but there's a dog running around delor and he or she is bleeding from its head. I wasn't able to get it to come with me.' ((Oh no, what is the exact location you seen it at?! and when?!?!)) I just seen him about 5 minutes ago ---- he is white and yellow I seen him infront of my house on delor and ridgewood.
February 4 at 6:29pm

A friend facebookd me this. Dog was spotted by the communter lot by Johns appliances. I swear i seen a missing dog like him/her posted.

Here is her message:
I meant to send this to you earlier but things at my work were crazy this morning.  I saw this little dude walking to work this morning and he didn't have a collar or anything so I wanted to take a picture and send it to you to see if maybe you knew anything?  He seemed friendly he was over by that big parking lot between gravois and morganford then walked down the ally.
February 4, 2014 at 4:22 pm

Posted on: Lost or Found Dogs of Southern Illinois
Just FYI if someone is looking; 2 Great Pyrenees by parish area on rt 34, the lady couldn't get them.
February 4, 2014 at 2:40 pm
December, 2013
Husky or Malamute just spotted in Florissant running near Mullanphy and Loveland. Seemed friendly and playful, but it kept running off.
December 22, 2013 at 2:51am

Saturday, February 1, 2014

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