Holly was so close to a happy ending. The German Shepherd mix had been rescued from Chicago’s Animal Care and Control and eventually adopted to someone who lived in Wilmette. For most dogs, this should have been the ticket to the good life. But that hasn’t been the story for Holly a North Shore lost dog.
Within just days after she moved into her new home, she was let loose in the suburbs and has proven to be very elusive ever since. Now, a small, dedicated team of volunteers – some of whom have never met – is working to find Holly the lost dog and help her find the life she deserves.
“Holly has been missing since July 12 and there have been a lot of sightings,” says Maria Therese, one of the people leading the effort. “The person that adopted her isn’t looking. With the exception of the woman that pulled her from CACC, none of us have even met her. We just feel that she doesn’t deserve this and needs someone to care, to be her advocate, so she can be found.”
And, they’ve been doing plenty for her. They’ve blanketed areas of the North Shore with fliers that feature Holly. They’ve set up a Facebook page. For a while, they had a baited trap set in an area where they thought she’d been spotted. The volunteers have also followed up on so many leads. As fall rolls in, they are working harder than ever to find Holly the North Shore lost dog before winter sets in.
“We have a lot of hope because she’s been spotted in a lot of places in the area,” says Therese. “She’s been seen in Wilmette, Northfield, Highland Park, Glencoe, Skokie, Evanston and possibly Morton Grove. She’s been spotted at the Cemetery at Grosse Point and Skokie Boulevard…but there are a lot of coyotes there and we just want to make sure noone has mistaken a coyote for Holly.”
Holly is very timid. So, if you do see her, you’re advised to call 847-350-9730 instead of trying to approach her or hit this QR code to get to the Facebook information page. The volunteers have been working with Lost Dogs Illinois and have these tips in reference to helping catch a timid dog.
When looking for a shy or timid dog, Lost Dogs Illinois offers these tips.
- Don’t try to grab or catch the dog. Scared dogs can be very resourceful and will often bolt. Try to use a humane trap or find an area where you could trap the dog – a garage, shed or a fenced in yard or fenced in area in a park to help you capture the dog.
- Lost dogs can hide anywhere. When searching, get on the ground and look at a dog’s eye level to find hiding and safe spots. Check under decks, porches and around abandoned vehicles.
- Keep safety in mind. A sick or injured dog could bite. It’s best to call local police or animal control. If you must try to help the dog on your own, use thick gloves to prevent damage from a possible bite.
- Think about food. A lost dog will go where there is food and that could include dumpsters or an area where a feral cat colony is being fed. Holly is s sucker for hot dogs.
- Check for ID. Once you corral a dog, look for tags or take the dog to the nearest veterinary clinic or shelter to be scanned for a microchip. You should also go to the Lost Dog Illinois’ website and Facebook page to post pictures and information about the dog found.
“Each of us on the Holly team have truly come together because we are passionate to help her. I have not even met three of the people on the posse. Yet they have posted flyers, participated in the Facebook page, etc. One of our team, Barb Martin, doesn't even have a dog of her own. Her Facebook icon is a cat, which tells you we truly have one purpose that Holly has brought us together for."
If you'd like to help check out Holly's Facebook page or print up and distribute these fliers that feature Holly. She's very timid, so it's best not to approach her but reach out to the volunteers if you think you spot her - 847-350-9730. Holly loves hot dogs, by the way.
Lost Dogs Illinois is a volunteer run organization posts updates regularly on lost and found dogs and has helped dogs and families reunite – some after a few hours and others after many months. Along with the website and Facebook page you may also follow LDI on Twitter.
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