Several of our volunteers have put this flyer in the window of their car and many many people have stopped to look at it. If you can do the same, please print out the poster below. Also, post on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, etc.
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.
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. firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
Grateful Dogs Rescue hopes that none of it's adopting families ever has a pet go missing. But should you find yourself, a friend or neighbor with a missing pet, here are recommendations from San Francisco Animal Care and Control.
Losing a pet can be distressing. But don't lose heart.
Stay calm and follow the steps listed below to help you find your animal.
Conduct A Search
Talk to your neighbors, especially the children who play in the neighborhood. Go door to door. Leave your name, address and telephone number plus a complete description of your animal. Search in the evenings when it's quiet. Call or whistle. If your pet is injured or frightened, he may be hiding. Drive slowly around your neighborhood; sometimes a dog will recognize the sound of your car. Do keep in mind that cats sometimes climb into cars, and are transported miles away before jumping out.
Visit the Pet Harbor or ACC Pet Kiosk website to view current lost and available animals at San Francisco Animal Care & Control. This information is updated twice daily.
Visit the San Francisco Animal Shelter at 15th and Harrison Streets. You must go in person, because only you can identify your pet. Look through all of the cages, and ask to see any injured or sick animals. Be sure to go every day. The Shelter holds stray animals for 4-5 days. After that, they may become available for adoption. Leave a written report at the Animal Shelter. Keep checking. Your pet may not be found for several weeks.
Call our Lost Pet Hotline for a recorded message and a partial listing of animals impounded. Dial Lost Pet (567-8738).
Visit all the private shelters in San Francisco and neighboring communities. You can get a list of these shelters from Animal Care and Control.
Make a poster to alert people to be on the lookout for your lost pet. Place copies of the poster within twenty block radius of where the animal was lost. Put them up on local community bulletin boards, in grocery stores, etc.
A black and white photo will reproduce better than a color one. If you don't have a photo, try to get a picture from a breed book to give people a rough idea of what your animal looks like.
If your pet is an unusual breed, or is a mutt, you should write the breed the animal looks like most (e.g., looks like Lab-type dog, looks like short hair Siamese). Never write "mutt" or "mongrel" for a dog. Ordinary cats can be described best as "domestic short hair", "domestic medium hair", etc. Only the main colors of the animal should be included. Don't try to be too descriptive; you want anyone who thinks they may have seen your pet to call.
Fill in your name and phone number on each of the small tabs at the bottom of the poster. If you don't have an answering machine, give a home and a work number, or list hours that you will be home, so that the caller will be sure to reach you. Cut the tabs on the dotted lines, so that if someone has seen your pet, he or she can easily tear off the tab with your name and phone number.
Please observe all laws regarding the legal posting of flyers as per Public Works Code Sec.184.57, ARTICLE 5.6: POSTING OF SIGNS ON CITY-OWNED PUBLIC PROPERTY PROHIBITED.
If Someone Calls You About Your Pet
Try to get a positive identification on your animal from the caller. Have specific details in mind (a scar or peculiar feature) that will identify your animal from a similar one. Do not put all details on your poster. There are extortionists who will claim to have your pet. Think of a special question that only someone with your pet will be able to answer. If you offer a reward, make sure you have your animal back before you turn over the money.
Reclaiming Lost Pets
All stray animals are held for a minimum of 96 hours. The fees to redeem your animal from the shelter are as follows:
Redemption fees for all animals: $50 first impound, $100 second impound, $150 for third impound.
In addition, there is a state fine for unaltered animals as follows: $35 first impound, $50 second impound, $100 third impound.
$11 per vaccination
$25 keep per day
The owner of an impounded dog must purchase a San Francisco dog license if the dog is not currently licensed. There are also fees for any veterinary services that may be provided to an animal while in our care. When an animal is redeemed the owner can also purchase a microchip (for only $10) or request that their animal be spayed or neutered.
Remember, don't get discouraged.
It may take several weeks to find your pet.