Last week we shared a post about a missing dog named Callie.
The owner contacted Missing Dogs of Massachusetts, a nonprofit with a team of volunteers that has an impeccable record of finding missing pooches. They immediately went to work, going door to door in the Jefferson/Holden area, handing out fliers, putting up cameras, and telling people to be on the lookout. She was seen by a couple people a few days later but ran back into the woods. Then yesterday this happened:
The guy who found the dog hanging out with his cows was keeping an eye out for the dog specifically because of MDM. According to Callie’s owner they don’t think she would’ve made it much longer so MDM likely saved her life.
This is why you should never pay to have someone find a missing dog for you. It’s completely understandable that you would feel vulnerable if your dog goes missing, and every night that passes you feel more and more desperate. But this is what people who charge you to find your missing dog prey on – your vulnerability and desperation. MDM will help you find your missing dog for free.
Unfortunately this makes MDM a target of for profit dog tracking companies. These companies have the resources to silence volunteers who urge people not to get suckered into paying someone to provide a service where the outcome is not guaranteed. They can hire attorneys and go after volunteers for allegedly interfering with their business. These are just regular people with jobs who find dogs in their free time, and they’re sometimes in a position where they can’t afford to defend themselves.
But as you saw with Callie, and many other stories just like it, they do an invaluable service for the community.
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