Volunteer of the Month (July 2020)

From Katherine Renton, owner of Bo:

My dog went missing Saturday AM whilst staying with relatives. As soon as Salli got wind of my lost dog she started helping.
By Sunday PM Salli had done a tonne of admin for me and messaged to say she was at the location of the only (probable but vague) sighting. I was really close and so we met up. Her instant energy and decisive actions gave me the momentum to get back in focus. She put a lot more posters up but also explained the locations and reasonings, which was an education for me. Also (silly thing) she stroked the posters as she put them up, this care and attention was something I desperately needed.

We did the first circuit I had done on foot the previous day but in a far more logical fashion. We tried one last time to get through the gates of a depot yard, to check where he had been seen. Her confident and respectful attitude got us through and we found a definite lead. He got us some hi-vis and showed us his sighting and then let us wander around. From there a driver approached us with another sighting. By that time I desperately needed a refuel and just could not focus anymore. So I headed off and thought Salli was too.

An hour later she called to say she’d spotted him. 5 mins later and I was with her again. Salli had been doing this for 5hrs by this time and it was starting to get dark. She kept just doing one last thing before she left, it got to around 10pm and we were having one last chat when I saw him.

As soon as he saw me he ran straight over. When he saw Salli he got spooked a bit but her calming and apparently disinterested attitude allowed him to overcome his fear super quick.

But it doesn’t end there, I went to update Bo’s status on DogLost – she’d already done it. She also updated the co-ordinator group we had, the security guard (who was letting us hang out on private land) and also said she’d remove the posters she put up.

I walked 28 miles this weekend and would probably still be walking now if it wasn’t for Salli and the team. The service you provide is amazing, genuinely. The poster service is crucial and having Salli actually turn up was fundamental to finding Bo within 48 hours.

You can view Bo’s DogLost timeline here.

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