When Bert first went missing, Grateful Dogs Rescue used the services of The Social Pet whose search dog Dino was adopted through Grateful Dogs Rescue.
Dino was able to track Bert from Fort Funston to South San Francisco, an area where his first foster family lives. But this is not an inexpensive process. To donate to Bert's Search fund, click on the DONATE link below.
Jackie of The Social Pet is a certified missing animal response technician (MAR tech) certified through Missing Pet Partnership Her dog, Dino, is a scent specific trained tracking dog. This means he can follow the scent of a specific animal. He has trained specifically in urban and suburban environments, so following an animal anywhere in the San Francisco Bay Area is what he is comfortable with. In addition, Dino has had a few cases where he was challenged to follow the scent of the pet he is tracking even through large cow and goat herds. At first he was hesitant, but he figured a way through his feelings to follow the track on the other side.
Shelley Frost of SF Examiner has joined the effort to spread the word about the search for Bert in South San Francisco. Read the full story at http://www.examiner.com/article/missing-foster-dog-needs-medical-attention?cid=rss
Over a week ago, tiny Bert disappeared while getting some exercise at Fort Funston. Bert had been living in a Grateful Dog Rescue foster home while waiting to be adopted into a permanent home. But what makes Bert's disappearance most urgent is his dependency on medication.
Bert has Addison's Disease, a condition that can cause severe weakness and in some cases, low blood pressure and coma. Medication is given daily to prevent Bert from succumbing to the disease.
During this past week, Grateful Dog Rescue has received numerous reports of Bert sightings: Martin Elementary school in South San Francisco; Chestnut Avenue and Grand Avenue. He has also been tracked as far south as San Bruno Avenue near 101 South - more than 12 miles from Fort Funston.
Grateful Dog Rescue cautions that Bert is scared and may be difficult to catch. If you spot Bert, please contact both Grateful Dog Rescue 415-672-1343 and Peninsula Humane Society 650-340-7922.
Bert is a 7 pound chihuahua mix. He is mostly dark brown with tan markings on his face / legs. When he went missing he was wearing a blue collar and tags. He is micro-chipped. Bert has a rare immune disease – Addison's Disease (same disease President Kennedy had) – and needs medication daily.
Bert disappeared at Fort Funston in San Francisco over a week ago. He was spotted at several locations in South San Francisco: Martin Elementary School (Hillside Boulevard and Spruce Avenue); Chestnut Avenue and Grand Avenue; and Grand Avenue and Linen Avenue. He has also been tracked as far south as San Bruno Avenue East near 101 South (more than 12 miles from Fort Funston. Click here for map link.). We believe that he is still in the area and he is scared. Please help by calling 415-672-1343 or Peninsula Humane Society at 650-340-7922 if you see him. Please do not chase him as he may bolt and put himself in danger.
Grateful Dogs Rescue needs additional help posting flyers. If you live in the area or knos any business in South San Francisco, San Bruno, Hillsborough, etc that could post a flyer for us, please let us know. We have posters with pictures and the video below gives a better idea of his size and color. We are officially running out.of time due to his Addisons disease so time is of the essence. If you can help call 415.672.1343 or 415.889.9853
Other ways you can help:
1. Post about the story on your Facebook page and link to http://gratefuldogsrescue.org/bert-is-lost
2. Tweet the story and link to your followers @gratefuldogssf
3. Repin Berts picture from Pinterest http://pinterest.com/gratefuldogs/missing-lost-dog/<
4. If you are on Google+ please share our posts https://plus.google.com/104738776158109546028/posts
5. Share the link to our continually updated Bert is Lost webpage. http://gratefuldogsrescue.org/bert-is-lost
6. Comment on our Bert Blog Posts. http://gratefuldogsrescue.org/_blog/Grateful_Dogs_Rescue_Blog
7. Print out the flyer below and forward it and/or post it in the areas mentioned above and put in the window of your car.
Editor Taylor Wiles of the South San Francisco Patch is helping publicize the search for Bert in the South San Francisco area where Bert has been spotted several times.
Read the full article at http://southsanfrancisco.patch.com/articles/missing-ssf-dog-urgently-needs-medication#photo-11738443
Grateful Dogs Rescue is searching for a lost foster dog who has Addison's Disease and urgently needs medication. He has been missing since October 3rd.
Little Bert is a seven-pound Chihuahua mix who is dark brown with tan markings (looks black from a distance). He is wearing a blue collar and a blue Grateful Dogs Rescue tag and is microchipped. Bert has Addisons and needs daily medication.
He has been spotted around Martin Elementary School in South San Francisco. He is scared and timid.
If anyone sees him, they should not try to catch him - he is scared
and may bolt putting himself in danger.. They should try to keep track
of him, if possible, and call 415.672.1343 or 415.889.9853 and report the location where he was seen. People can call these numbers anytime of day or night.
For additional information and photos, visit gratefuldogsrescue.org/bert-is-lost.
Update on Bert, a small dark chihuahua with tan markings who went missing at Fort Funston on Wednesday. He has Addisons and needs daily medication. We need your help, but please read fully and carefully below.
We are getting more people out to post flyers in the areas that we believe Bert to be with new updated posters in both English and Spanish (If you would like to help please let us know and we can send you the fliers to print out or we are getting some copied here soon for you to pick up)
The main streets we are trying to hit up are Grand, Miller, Hillside, El Camino, Airport, Produce.
Bert has been traveling main roadways but avoiding crossing huge intersections, we believe him to be in the area of Martin Elementary school on Hillside, Airport Drive and his original foster moms house near Hazelwood Drive and Rosewood Way.
If you spot him do not chase him – keep him in eye sight and call 415.672.1343 or 415.889.9853
If you can help us posting flyers, or looking, please let us know what main streets you hit up so we know to focus on the other streets that have not been hit. email@example.com
Thank you all for the warm wishes for his safe return!
From a Grateful Dogs Rescue volunteer:
"A friend had a smallish, friendly, female, fluffy maltese mix follow he and his pooch home Friday. She's around ten pounds and wearing a green cloth collar. He left for a cruise Saturday morning and his housemate is caring for the dog before taking it to ACC Tuesday to see if she's chipped. He doesn't mind caring for her for a bit; but, it wouldn't be a permanent placement as he also has a small dog."
If you or anyone you know is missing a dog matching this description, contact Grateful Dogs Rescue at info @ gratefuldogsrescue.org and we'll be glad to put you in touch with our volunteer.
Do you know what to do if your dog is lost or missing? Many people think to call the SPCA, but you actually need to contact San Francisco Animal Care and Control. They have good information on their website about the steps to take to find your dog.
Losing a pet can be distressing. But don't lose heart.
If your dog is lost or missing, would you know who to call or where to start looking? San Francisco Animal Care and Control provides lots of good information and advise not to get discouraged as it may take several weeks to reunite with your lost dog.
You can also check Pet Harbor http://www.petharbor.com/ and ACC Pet Kiosk http://www.petharbor.com/KIOSK_frameset.htm?site=snfr&kioskid=snfr&noblink=1&sound=0&rnd=60
Other good resources are Fido Finder and posting on Craiglist. Your dog may be much farther from your home area than you anticipate so make sure you search and post in a large area.